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Useful information for families

The Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS)

The CEAS (part of DCS) provides confidential and impartial advice to Service families on a wide range of educational issues including:

  • Parental rights and responsibilities
  • Children or young people’s rights and responsibilities
  • Special educational needs and/or disability
  • School admissions and appeals

CEAS does not make decisions about a child or young person’s education; CEAS advise families to allow them to make informed decisions.

CEAS has created a moving schools guide for parents and a Pupil Passport for children.

Families Federations

Families can seek advice and information from their respective Service Families Federation.

The Families Federations can provide information on a range of topics including:

  • accommodation
  • education and childcare
  • employment
  • health and wellbeing
  • family life
  • finance

Naval Families Federation

Telephone: 023 9265 4374


Army Families Federation

Telephone: 01264 554004


Royal Air Force Families Federation

Telephone: 01780 781650



Parents can also access practical and emotional support from charities such as:

The Royal British Legion

Telephone: 0808 802 8080



Telephone: 0800 731 4880


Veterans Gateway

Telephone: 0808 802 1212


Little Troopers

A charity supporting children who have one or both parents serving in the Armed Forces.


Local authorities

Each West Yorkshire Local Authority has a page within their Council website dedicated to information for the Armed Forces Community. Please select the links for further information or search ‘Armed Forces’ on the main Council pages.

The Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant website hosts a variety of information that may be useful for families.

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