2021 Virtual Conference Young People | Rubie McNeil

We are delighted to welcome Rubie McNeil 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.

Rubie McNeil

Rubie is an active member of Forces Children Scotland’s Military Youth Voice Scotland Forum and is in her third year at high school. She moved to Scotland around two years ago having lived in Canada for the previous two years. Rubie’s Dad serves in the British Army and is currently stationed in England. She joined the forum not long after her move to Scotland as she was keen to meet other young people with the same experiences as herself and to make a difference to her peers. Her poem ‘I’m Home’ written about her dad’s deployment is featured in Forces Children Scotland’s Manifesto.

Rubie loves art and is never without a pencil and paper, she also really enjoys swimming and reading. She is a member of The Page Turners, an online book club co-delivered by Forces Children Scotland and the Army Welfare Service where she really enjoys sharing experiences and her love of reading with other young people from forces families.

Rubie would like to see better support for children in forces families so that they don’t find it so difficult. 

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 admin@forceschildrenscotland.org.uk