There has been much well-deserved attention given to the challenges experienced by our Service personnel, but how often do people think of the children back at home? We are calling on the Government – both local and national – to give greater consideration, help and awareness to the stresses on Service children.

All too often we, as a charity, have to step in where the Government has failed to look after those who have gone into harm’s way for our nation’s interests, and it is their families who are making sacrifices to look after them when things go wrong. Hopefully the issues raised in this report will help illuminate the challenges frequently being faced by Service children.

Disadvantaging them at that stage casts a life-long blight on their development and their ability to achieve their full potential. Not a happy outcome for a nation that purports to espouse “equal opportunities” so vigorously. Service children cannot remain the overlooked casualties of conflict any longer.