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ABINGDON STATION

WELFARE GUIDE

 

OUR AIM

 

To provide a confidential welfare support service that is responsive to the needs of soldiers, families and the chain of command, fulfils statutory requirements and helps to maintain the operational effectiveness of service personnel within the station.

To meet this aim the station welfare team will provide primary support to soldiers and their families to help alleviate the problems associated with military service.
 
How can we help?

The British Army Review in December 1996 suggested that there are five key work areas for the Unit Welfare Office:

  1. Aiding Social Intergration. To help individuals and families settle into new surroundings.
  2. Providing a helping service. UWO staff are not counsellors. Neverless, by applying appropriate training coupled with experiance gained within and during careers our staff can provide a confidential and helpfull support service.
  3. Providing information about the Army and Unit. Keeping our families informed of what is going on in the Army and the Unit.
  4. Supporting Individuals and spouses during periods of seperation. Seperation from familiar locations, families of origin, spouses, partners and children is an inevitable feature of Army life. The UWO plays a critical role in enabling individuals and families to manage this seperation in the best possible way.
  5. Liasing with other Army and associated agencies. The key agency for the UWO is the Army Welfare Service (AWS). However we also liase with other agecies:
    • Defence Housing Executive (DHE). Hand over / Take over of Service Family Accommodation.
    • Housing. Local housing authorities and housing associations.
    • UK Social Welfare Agencies. Department of Social Security, Social Services, Probation Service etc.
    • Child Support Agency (CSA). Forces Focal Point.
    • Benifits. Working Families Tax Credit, Child Benifit, Sure Start, Maternity Grant etc.
    • Service Children's Education. Department of Education and Employment, Local Education Authorities, Local Schools etc.
    • Department of Immigration and Nationality. assistance with visa's etc.
    • The Royal British Legion and SSAFA.

To ensure a high quality and consistent level of support the UWO staff, all attend the "Supporting Army Personnel and their families" course at Bristol University. This is an informative and intensive five day course that prepares us for the task of providing a responsive and confidential service to all station soldiers and their families.

CONFIDENTIALITY

What does it mean? The effectiveness of the Unit Welfare Office is directly related to the trust in which it is held by those who may have tio use it. What you tell us is in the strictest confidence. We won't tell anyone what is discussed unless you want us to.

Exceptions to the Rule. There are, of course, times when confidentiality may have to be broken because of the requirement of the law and the exceptional needs of the armed forces. these are:

  1. Child Protection Issues.
  2. When there is risk of  harm to you or others.
  3. If there is or likely to be a serious breach of national security.
  4. To prevent a serious criminal act.
  5. If there is a serious contravention of military law.
  6. If a soldier is no longer able to carry out his or her duty.

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