The RAF Families Federation has published its first guide for families transitioning to civilian life entitled ‘Departures’…

The guide has been developed to offer information, written specifically for families. It covers areas highlighted as needed by families and service personnel who participated in research conducted by RAF Families Federation into families experiences of transitioning to civilian life, ‘Lifting the Lid – families experiences and the support they need’.

The Federation has expressed its thanks to all those that have supported the production of the booklet, including Forces in Mind Trust who funded the original research, RAF Community Support, HIVE and Veterans’ Welfare Service.

Louise Briggs, co-author of the ‘Lifting the Lid’ report sad: “We really hope that families will use and benefit from this guide. It’s not only for use at the end of a service career – it can be used throughout life as a serving family to help plan for transition and hopefully kick-start planning and thought around the subject, helping families find relevant support and information.

“We’d really welcome feedback on the guide and if we can make it more useful in future editions. Please email me via”

The guide was published shortly after the launch of the holistic transition policy for defence, JSP100. Over the next year the implementation of the new policy will take place and families can keep informed on progress by keeping in touch with the RAF Families Federation through their website and social media.

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