Family Support

There are lots of different routes out there to support you within the RAF community and if you aren't sure of where to go, you can always contact the team at the Families Federation and we can signpost you to the best experts.

One source of support is clearly the on-base welfare support staffs, all of whom can offer confidential and expert advice. You may wish to confide in the padre, the medical officer, the SSAFA Social Work Practitioner, the HIVE Information Officer or a member of the Personnel Management Squadron (PMS) staff. Flight and Squadron Commanders also have a line management responsibility for their Servicemen and women and a duty of care to support them and their families, particularly when the uniformed family member is away from home.

So, whilst most serving personnel and their families have a natural and understandable reluctance to approach anyone in the chain of command for help, we do encourage you to at least consider whether they may be best placed to offer the support you need, particularly if your problem has the potential to impact on your Serving family member's ability to do his or her primary duty.

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