Service Children Research: Introductory Briefing

We are five qualitative PhD researchers with an up-to- date understanding of the complexity and diversity of service children’s lives.
Our projects span the entire age range from early years to teens.
Our expertise includes family life, health, education and transistions.
Our qualitative research addresses the gaps left by statistical research. We deal with people, not equipment or cohorts.
We look beyond a ‘resilience/victim’ approach and take account of children within their social environments.
Our cutting-edge projects are sound, rigorous and ethical.
Our research is unique in the UK and will provide policy recommendations.


The impact of Army related parental deployment on pre-school children’s physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

Georgina Normile BA (Hons), PGCE. Bath Spa University.


A participatory project exploring the experiences of children from Armed Forces families in a UK primary school. Funded by Economic and Social Research Council.

Claire Lee BA (Hons), MSc, PGCE. University of Bristol:



From Military Child to Veteran Young Carer: A narrative approach to understanding the emotional response to caring for the modern veteran.

Paul Watson BSc (Hons), PGDip. Northumbria University:



The psycho-social impact of intermittent separation on geographically dispersed military families.

Alison Osborne BSc (Hons), MRes, MBPsS. Northumbria University:



Transitional learning of service personnel, veterans and their families engaged with military service.

Rebecca Steel BA (Hons), MEd. The University of Central Lancashire: