Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s Charity

We are delighted to welcome Cadence as one of our young people to feature at our 2021 virtual conference in November.

Our conference is about putting trauma and trauma-informed practice into the context of children and young people from forces families and exploring the impact their unique experiences can have on mental health and wellbeing, relationships with others, and future pathways in life. If we embed trauma-informed practice in our work is that enough to support Armed Forces Children and Young people? Is there anything else we should be considering? Is there anything we need to be mindful of in relation to this group of children and young people’s unique experiences Whatever your background, our conference is an opportunity to join us in this exploration and conversation?

Why another conference on trauma-informed practice?

We know that trauma can affect any one of us and that the Scottish Government’s ambition, shared by many partners, is for a trauma-informed workforce and services across Scotland. At Forces Children Scotland, like many other organisations, we have been re-evaluating our organisational practice through a trauma lens and asking ourselves is there anything we need to take into consideration that is specific to the unique experiences of children and young people, from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families across Scotland? We have been exploring the research and listening to what our young people tell us.


Cadence is in her sixth year at High School, loves netball, reading and pretty much anything history orientated. She joined Military Youth Voice Scotland – Forces Children Scotland’s National Youth Voice Forum in 2019, as she was keen to meet other young people that had similar experiences to herself and to make new friends. Her Dad currently serves in the Army and she has lived in Germany and two locations in Scotland.  She is a very active member of the forum and feels being part of the group allows her to express any opinions she has on important topics involving military life and those opinions can be used to help others who may be going through difficult situations.

Through the Forum she would like to achieve accessible support for those with a military background to help them express their feelings on things such as deployment and big moves. She is also keen to achieve better awareness about how such backgrounds can affect young people.

Who Should Attend the Conference?

Since being trauma-informed is a national ambition within Scotland, relevant to all of us, our conference will be of interest to a wide variety of people who wish to expand upon their continual professional development; from those working within education, social care, community, armed forces, and the third sector. Our virtual conference is an opportunity for professionals working with Armed Forces children, young people, and families to come together, hear about and share good practice.

• Primary/secondary education
• Further/higher education
• Community/Youth/third sector
• Clinical Practitioners (Psychology/Mental Health/Social Care)
• Military Welfare Personnel
• Undergraduate/Postgraduate Students
• Policy & Development


The Conference will be held virtually this year to ensure that it can go ahead safely due to the ever-changing situation of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

For further information about our virtual conference, please email

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