Education | BFSS funding supports our work with education professionals

Generous funding from the British & Foreign School Society (BFSS) has enabled Forces Children Scotland to support teaching professionals better understand how unique challenges faced by children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families can impact their learning and education.

Professional Virtual Conference

We successfully delivered a professional virtual conference on Wednesday 03 November 2021, which put trauma, belonging and adversity into the context of young people from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families and explored potential impact on mental health, education and learning, and relationships with others.

We welcomed over one hundred education professionals, as well as representatives from the military and a variety of additional civilian professional sectors, keen to expand their knowledge and understanding with regards to supporting children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families.

Children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families across Scotland were at the heart of the virtual conference, who co-presented the event, as well as produced a short film which amplified their unique, lived experiences and participated in a panel discussion to answer questions from attendees.

Attendees learned from world leading experts, including DR Karen Treisman MBE and Lisa Cherry FRSA, who put the subject of trauma, belonging and identity into the context of young people from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families and explored its impact on mental health, learning and relationships.

Laura Falconer, Chief Executive Officer for Forces Children Scotland, delivered a keynote speech about getting the language right, when it comes to working with children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families through a trauma-informed lens as well as outlined of the charity’s future plans.

84% of attendees agreed that the conference had inspired them to think differently about working with young people from serving, reservist and veteran families.

84% of attendees agreed they better understand how unique challenges like trauma and adversity can relate to young people from serving, reservist and veteran families.

What attendees said:

“It was all very informative. I found the video from the young people provided a high impact of reality into their lives. The various sessions were really good, and the breakout sessions were a good way to meet others and generate meaningful discussion.”

“The highlight was listening to the voices of children and young people, which is a strong reminder why we’re here to learn and develop our practice to better understand and support them in whatever we do.”

Professional Learning Activity

Forces Children Scotland has worked with strategic partners, which include Education Scotland and the Association of Directors for Education Scotland, to develop a Professional Learning Activity (PLA) e-resource for education professionals to complete as part of their continued professional development.

We are working with our strategic partners to produce a series of short webinars which introduce the reasons behind the development of the PLA and let education professionals know what to expect when working through the resources to better understand how to support children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families.  

Our PLA e-resource, as well as our series of webinars, will be launched early next year. For further information, please contact admin@forceschildrenscotland.org.uk