The Families Federations Tri-Service Families Transition Project Report
Please see below a letter from all three Families Federations for the Royal Navy, Army and RAF ... "We are delighted to enclose your copy of our latest report, Lifting The Lid On Transition – the families’ experience and the support they need. This is the culmination of a two-year Tri-Federation project. With the generous support of the Forces in Mind Trust, we have been able to employ three Transition Liaisons, one for each Service, to undertake the research project. Working with many of you across the sector and through undertaking an Evaluation of Services, an Online Survey and a series of Case Studies with volunteer families from all three Services, they have built a body of evidence that allows us to better understand the challenges that families face during transition. This report offers a real insight into the experiences of families as a Service Person transitions to civilian life, and makes recommendations to improve that experience where these opportunities exist. In general, we observe similarities across the three Services, notwithstanding their innate differences. What emerges is how each transition is individual, and the need for recognition of this in policy and practice. The important role of the family in successful transition - recognised in much of the existing literature - is reinforced. The Families Federations will be reviewing our own support provision in the light of the report, and we hope that other organisations will benefit from its findings and recommendations. This could pave the way for direct and tangible benefit to Service Leavers and/or their families, and prompt developments in their own organisations in the light of the newly-announced Transition Policy from the Ministry of Defence. We are grateful to the Forces in Mind Trust, whose support has allowed us highlight this important area. Our thanks also go to all of the families who participated in the research and to Lucy, Kate and Louise for their commitment and efforts in producing this work. We hope you agree it makes a valuable addition to our evidence base."