Trigger Warning: This campaign explores lived experience of children making the transition from military to civilian life, which some may find triggering.
Moving to civilian life can hit like a tornado for some children from armed forces families across Scotland and beyond.
We understand that while some will make a smooth transition, others may find it worrying, overwhelming and disorientating.
But you can help…
We’ve all asked ourselves these sorts of questions. When we feel anxious, powerless or at odds with the world around us.
For forces children who have grown up with the familiarity and community of military life, these feelings often hit hardest when their parents make the move to civvy street.
It’s an experience that can be disorienting, chaotic and overwhelming. Like a tornado. But you can help.
By helping forces children prepare for the change, supporting them through it and welcoming them into their new life, we can all do our bit to make things a little bit easier.
Watch the films and find out more.
Ever felt powerless in the face of change? New surroundings, new responsibilities, new expectations…
Welcoming forces children into their new civilian lives can help them cope with the sadness and pressure of a move, making them feel at home again.
The other side of the storm.Find out how you can help
Ever felt lost and alone in a new place? New school, new rules, new faces…
Welcoming forces children into their new civilian lives can help them cope with the chaos and confusion of a move, making them feel at home again.
So they can find their way.Find out how you can help
Ever had to act brave in the face of change? Leaving your home and your community, missing friends…
Welcoming forces children into their new civilian lives can help them cope with the worry and uncertainty of a move, making them feel at home again.
Wherever they land.Find out how you can help
You may be a young person making the change from military to civilian life with your family, or know someone in your class who is going through this change.
You may work directly with pupils from the armed forces community or make important decisions about their future.
There are lot’s of things you can do to help yourself or others get to get through this tornado of change.
Find out more about what you can do to help.
Armed Forces children and young people
Are you from an armed forces or veteran family and share these feelings? Forces Children Scotland can help making the change to civilian life a little easier.Learn more
Civilian friends and classmates
Are there young people from veteran families in your class at school? There are lots of little things you can do to welcome peers to their new surroundings and civilian life.Learn more
Educators and professionals
Do you support pupils from the armed forces community? Enhance understanding and adapt your practice to better meet unique support needs.Learn more
Are you making decisions on behalf of these young people? Ensure the voice of young people is heard in future policymaking.Learn more