An initiative dedicated to those raising children has just added its 3,000th member – and is continuing to grow.
The popular Army Parents’ Network (APN), based around a closed Facebook group, aims to give those looking after youngsters support, help and advice.
It also offers some handy hints on day-to-day issues.
How Does it Work?
Based initially through the APN closed Facebook Group, individuals and the Chain of Command are able to pose questions to the group.
All of these questions can (if requested) be posted anonymously and it is hoped that other members of the group will be able to provide advice and point individuals towards relevant policy.
In addition, the Facebook Group will advertise any changes to policy and (protective marking allowing) all new policies and useful information.
What Key Issues are Discussesd?
There are a significant number of key issues that will be addressed through this network including (but not limited to):
- Maternity and Pregnancy;
- Shared Parental Leave;
- Family Policies; and
Where issues with policy are identified the APN will raise these to the Chain of Command so that they can be properly addressed.
How Can I Join?
In order to join the Facebook Group, individuals will need to apply to join and will have to provide information so that we can confirm that they are still serving.
- Army Parents’ Network on Facebook.
British Army. (2020) Army Parents’ Network. Available from World Wide Web: https://www.army.mod.uk/people/support-well/army-parents-network/. [Accessed: 11 September, 2020].
Soldier. (2020) Parent’s Milestone. Soldier: Magazine of the British Army. September 2020, pp.18.