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RAF Families Survey 2013


Occupational Psychology: Informing your decisions The Occupational Psychology Team based at HQ Air Command in High Wycombe are trained independent researchers with over 20 years experience amongst us. We seek to understand the views and experiences of personnel and their families regarding life in the RAF. Our overall aim is to inform decisions that improve the working life of RAF personnel and the overall experience of an RAF spouse/civil partner. The RAF Families Survey is an opportunity for you to tell us what life is really like.


We are a small team and provide a Welfare Policy hub to the wider RAF. Our remit covers a number of diverse topics including housing policy, support to casualties & bereaved families, charitable support, HIVE Information Service, Community Development Officers, Armed Forces Covenant and we also act as monitors for the SSAFA-FH and the Families Federation contract.


You can ‘Get Connected’ to RAF Community Support through


our Web Page www.raf.mod.uk/community, Facebook and you can also follow us on Twitter.


RAF Families Survey


Since 1995 the HQ Air Occupational Psychology team has carried out an annual survey in order to understand your views and experiences as families of RAF personnel. The survey looks at a range of issues associated with being


married to/in a civil partnership with a member of the RAF; for example healthcare, family stability, support and information, childcare/children’s education.


In recent years the RAF has collaborated with the Army and Navy to introduce a set of standardised questions to inform the work of the Armed Forces Covenant team with the ultimate goal of improving life as a member of the RAF Family.


To ensure we get a broad


representation we randomly send out 7000 surveys to spouses/civil partners of all ranks of RAF Personnel (via the serving person).


The surveys will be sent out in March 2013 so ask your husband/wife/partner if they have one for you.


Only those who have been randomly selected will have the chance to complete the survey; however if you do not receive one and have something to tell us please contact RAF Community Support direct at: www.raf.mod. uk/community) or the RAF Families Federation at www.raf-ff.org.uk


Your views are VERY important to us. Over the years findings from the survey have helped us to achieve the following:


• Increase the amount of deployment support available for families and children (e.g.


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• Open more Airplay Play Parks for RAF Families to enjoy all funded by the RAF Benevolent Fund.


• Revamp the RAF Community Support website to include links to news and topics such as accommodation, education, deployment support for families and much, much more (visit us at www.raf.mod.uk/community for more information and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates)


• Through the HIVE we can provide links to Job CentrePlus Champions to assist finding work for spouses and Service Community Support Officers (SCSO) continue to work hard to assist families with housing difficulties.


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