Embracing the issues..

Since the Baton was founded in 2009 it has gradually given more and more funds to alleviate problems that directly effect Armed Forces Children, some heartbreaking, gradually we have drawn people to us who have the desire to make a difference and this page will always be ‘Work in progress’ as a resource and to support other charities and organisations who do the same.

We must embrace the issues of these fragile souls that often see all and say nothing, constantly soaking up much that surrounds them, many of us can arrive at the same point mentally through different circumstances, Armed Forces Children have a particular route that should be understood and comprehensively supported.

  • A parent not coping with partner away active service might turn to alcohol or worse drugs
  • Bullied simply for being a Forces child
  • Parents, siblings returning from active service a different person – Why? is it my fault?
  • Coping with Bereavement – the best Counselling needs to be in place
  • Forming relationship issues from being moved from school to school, making new friends not always easy.
  • Different homes in a short space of time
  • Susceptible to PTSD
  • Forces accommodation not always brilliant for children, if they aren’t settled it could have an adverse effect on the performance of serving parents
  • A Forces child becomes a carer through circumstances evolving from active service, Mental Health Issues, PTSD, Severe Injury etc

Effects on children and family through Military Service life…. read more


Expertise in the field of Forces Children’s Mental Health

Paul Watson BSc (MH), PgDip (SCPHN)   Paul grew up as a military child, within the wire. Leaving school Paul joined the Army, as a supply specialist and a PTI in the Royal Logistic Corps, completing two tours in Bosnia and Kosovo. When leaving the Army in 2003 Paul worked for the Metropolitan Police, then moved to Northumbria, where he worked for Northumbria Police, as a community support officer.

Paul is now a dual qualified nurse, in both children’s mental health and as a Specialist Community Public Health school nurse. Paul is currently a lecturer in mental health at Northumbria university, and is leading the way through his PhD, with his research focusing on young carers of veterans with mental health issues…..more about Paul and links to his work