Digital resource created to support children of military personnel
The Little Troopers’ course is available via USB to primary schools and aims to support the mental health and wellbeing needs of military children.
A charity has launched a digital resource to help primary schools support the chidren of military service personnel.
The military children’s charity Little Troopers has launched the Military Child Wellbeing Course to encourage children of families in the military community to consider their feelings about issues such as separation, deployment, moving home and living abroad.
Personal themes such as belonging and sense of identity are also involved in the course, which is being made available digitally via a USB drive for schools.
The charity says that all profits from the course will be spent on creating further resources, initiatives and events to support military children.
Children’s mental health
Little Troopers Founder and army veteran Louise Fetigan said: “Mental health is a hot topic at the moment and we often hear about the importance of wellbeing in relation to serving personnel and veterans, but we rarely discuss the impact of military life on our British Armed Forces children.
“Of course, many children thrive in the military community and enjoy meeting new friends, travelling around the world and embracing the opportunities that military life can bring, but with the highs can come lows. These same children can be faced with other challenges that their civilian classmates are often not familiar with and find it difficult to relate to.
“The aim of the Military Child Wellbeing Course is to acknowledge that service children do sometimes need additional support and to provide a safe space in which to open up these conversations and help children navigate these challenges in positive ways, be that now or in the future.”
The course is being trialled in four primary schools in Leicestershire, Lincoln and Lossiemouth in Scotland.