SSAFA works with partners to provide social work support for the RAF

Social work services worldwide

With the military and local organisations

Our social work services

SSAFA works in partnership with the MOD to provide personal support and social work services that meet the changing needs of our Armed Forces around the world. Our personal support and social work teams work with government departments such as Ofsted and CAFCASS as well as Local Authorities and voluntary adoption and fostering agencies.

Vetting Check

SSAFA provides a Personal Support and Social Work Service (similar to a Local Authority childrens and adult services department) to military families and entitled personnel living overseas in Cyprus, Brunei, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and until October 2014 Western Europe.

In the UK SSAFA primarily works to support RAF personnel and their families. If the applicant has not served overseas or has not served or lived on an RAF station in the UK, SSAFA will not hold a record.  Please be aware the SSAFA Vetting Department does not carry out checks with any third parties including military policy, military service records or local authorities.

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions:

Please complete the Vetting Check Application Form. Send the completed signed copy to

Whilst SSAFA Vetting Department is processing the applicants Vetting Check Application Form you may want to contact external agencies mentioned in the ‘No’ box as well.


If you answered ‘No’ to any of the above questions:

The SSAFA Personal Support and Social Work Service will not hold any records on the applicant as their service history does not cover the areas that SSAFA offered a service.

You may wish to contact the following specialist welfare organisations:

For service personnel who served in the Royal Navy or Royal Marines: Royal Navy Royal Marines Welfare. Their contact details are: Tel: 02392 728 777 Web:

For service personnel who served in the Army: Army Welfare Service who provides a specialist welfare service. Their contact details are: Tel: 01904 882053 Email: Address: Army Welfare Service at The Haig Centre, Salisbury SP4 9NJ

For military personnel who have served in Western Europe, Canada or Kenya after October 2014 you may like to contact the British Forces Social Work Service. Their contact details are: Tel: 0049 52120899847 Email:

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Personal Support and Social Work Service RAF

Personal Support and Social Work Service RAF

SSAFA Social Workers and Personal and Family Support Workers work alongside the RAF, but outside the Chain of Command, these SSAFA staff are there to support RAF personnel, as well as Army and Navy personnel based on RAF units, and their families meets their diverse and changing needs. 



Social work services worldwide

SSAFA delivers services to Forces families in Cyprus, Gibraltar, Brunei and the Falkland Islands. In 2013, our team were nominated for the Social Worker of the Year Awards - Team of the Year in the children's service category.

British Forces Cyprus

The British Forces Cyprus Personal Support & Social Work Service works in partnership with health colleagues and local SSAFA volunteers. Alongside UK statutory services for families and children we also provide wider services to the military community. These services include providing child and adolescent mental health services.


In Brunei, our Personal Support and Social Work Service supports a unique population of Gurkha soldiers and their families whose first language is Nepali. With the Garrison so far away from their extended family and friends, our service in Brunei meets some unique welfare challenges while also supporting the local health and education service.

Gibraltar and Falkland Islands

SSAFA provides social work and community support in Gibraltar jointly with the Naval Personal and Family Service. We also offer a range of social work support to the British military community in the Falklands working with the Falkland Islands Government Social Services Department.

Pabitra - social worker

Health care in partnership

Excellence in customer service

Our social work service in the UK and around the world has been awarded the government standard for customer service excellence.

A very professional service with a positive outcome.

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