Do all Defence children require educational support?
On top of the normal ups and downs of growing up, children and adolescents in ADF families also face a unique set of challenges as they endure parental absence, frequent relocations and continual changes. If supported appropriately, these challenges can help to build resilience, self-confidence and independence in the child and can be a rewarding experience.
Schools that identify Defence families in their community are encouraged to reach out to Defence Member and Families Support to check eligibility for additional support and resourcing to ensure students with a current or former serving parent are adequately supported and can reach their full potential.
The ADF Aware Program assists educators and school staff to better understand the unique needs of students with parents or guardians in the ADF and how to provide suitable support to Defence students.
Defence families benefit from clear communication and explanations. It’s important to remember that each state will have different names and approaches for similar concepts, so be prepared to patiently explain things which may seem ‘obvious’.