Wednesday 2nd June 2021
The Directorate Children & Young People (DCYP) has recently undergone a restructure, dividing its responsibilities across two separate organisations to better serve the needs of its Service children and their families.
The DCYP restructure
The functions of DCYP have been split into a policy organisation, known as Armed Forces Families and Safeguarding (AFFS) which will be part of the Chief of Defence People’s wider policy organisation, and a delivery arm, known as Defence Children Services (DCS) which will remain in the Army but moving to become part of Regional Command.
Armed Forces families and Safeguarding responsibilities
The AFFS team, led by newly appointed head Peter Davis, will lead on the development of all Defence-level education and children and young people policy. They are responsible for engaging with Devolved Administrations, the Department for Education and local authorities.
They also take the lead on Safeguarding issues and manage the childcare support policy, including handling the work on free wraparound childcare for Service personnel.
Defence Children Services responsibilities
DCS will look after MOD Schools and Settings (nursery schools) overseas as well as Queen Victoria School, in Scotland. The team includes essential specialist support staff, including educational psychologists, as well as the Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS), who provide more general support to families.
Staff for both AFFS and DCS continue to work from Building 183, Trenchard Lines, in Upavon and existing points of contact will largely remain the same, although some role email addresses and job titles will change.
Educational support to children’s families continues as normal, with the delivery of all services being unaffected by the reshaping and renaming.
Director DCYP Mike Cooper said:
“This separation into two new highly focussed organisations allows our skilled staff to continue to do to what they do best to support Service children but will also allow risks to be better managed. Ultimately, this will help the centre of the Ministry of Defence to focus on creating the appropriate policy framework which can then be delivered both by Defence Children Services and non-Ministry of Defence schools to ensure we are meeting the educational needs of all our Service children.”
AFFS and DCS will be up and running at full capacity by 31st August, ready for the start of the new school year.