Call for Naval families to aid researchers

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Naval families are being asked to aid research into how they stay in touch during periods of deployment. 

The project is looking into how children and serving parents – and partners – communicate when separated and how they can stay connected, with a particular focus on the use of internet platforms such as FaceTime, Skype, instant messaging and social media.

The research is being carried out by the Veterans and Families Institute at Anglia Ruskin University.

The team is appealing for Naval children between the ages of 11 and 18, Naval spouses (of current personnel or ex-Service) and people who have left Naval Service in the past 12 months (who are parents of children under the age of 18) to take part in interviews and focus groups. 

The research is being funded by the Naval Children’s Charity and will help the organisation – and others – to better support military families during separation. For more information or to take part, contact Lauren Godier-McBard by email at or call 07528445577.

Get the word out

Do you run an in-person or online community group, and think you could help spread the word about this research project? Download the poster (PDF) below to share with your group.