WHO ARE WE?

Social work and community services are a support service to the British Forces Cyprus (BFC) community. We provide advice and guidance to individuals and families on a variety of issues such as emotional health and wellbeing, parenting, family or relationship issues, financial difficulties or victims of crime.

SSAFA have been delivering this service for a number of years and from 1 July 2020 this responsibility will be transferred to  Polaris Children’s Services, an independent provider of children’s services across the UK and the British military around the world. From 1st July, the service will now be known as British Forces Social Work Service & Community Support Cyprus. We will continue to work in partnership with stakeholders to deliver high quality services to serving personnel, both individuals and families.

OUR MISSION 

“To make a positive and lasting difference to children, families and adults, in the military communities we serve. We will achieve this through the delivery of a responsive, safe and high quality Social Work Service working together with people who use our Services as well as partner agencies.  This is based on our belief that Service Personnel and their families should have access to the same standards of care and support they would receive if they were based in the UK.”

This is supported by our five key objectives:

  • A whole-system approach

  • exemplary and effective evidence-based practice

  • promotion of good emotional health and wellbeing, and building resilience

  • promoting achievement, attainment and active citizenship for our children and young people

  • supporting a ‘Firm Base’ for the military community

 
 
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WHAT DO WE DO? 

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Prevention & Safeguarding Services for Children & Adults

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Early Help Offer

Care Leavers Support

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Parenting Programmes

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Adoption Advice & Signposting

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Foster Carer Registration, Training & Support

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Personnel & Family Support Service

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Confidential & Advisory Listening Service

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Domestic Abuse Intervention Programme

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Substance Misuse Intervention & Support

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Behaviour Management Programmes for Children & Adults

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Volunteer Service

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Information, Advice & Consultation

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Support to Command Personnel

Training, Learning & Support Services – Relationship Issues, Debt Management, Loss & Bereavement

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Safeguarding Training for partners and stakeholders

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Childminding Registration Support & Training

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Victim Support & Witness Services

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REPORT CONCERNS 

If you suspect or believe a child or adult is suffering or is likely to suffer Significant Harm, including any form of mistreatment or abuse, or if you are concerned about your own behaviour and need advice or support, you should contact us (numbers above) or the emergency services on 112.

EMERGENCY SERVICES NUMBER

112

CONTACT US 

If you are concerned about the safety or welfare of a child, young person, or adult, or would like some support, advice or guidance in relation to social care issues, please contact BFSWS and Community Service Cyprus for the relevant area

AKROTIRI SOCIAL WORK

Akrotiri Social Work, The Oval,

RAF Akrotiri, BFPO 57

Phone: 2527 5838

Office hours:

Monday to Friday

7.00am-3.00pm

EPISKOPI SOCIAL WORK

Episkopi Social Work, Block E, Episkopi, BFPO 53

Phone: 2596 3609

Office hours:

Monday to Friday

7.00am-3.00pm

DHEKELIA SOCIAL WORK

ESBA Social Work, MRS Centre, Dhekelia, BFPO 58

Phone: 2474 4453

Office hours:

Monday to Friday

7.00am-3.00pm

 
 

Any other enquiries please contact us at contactuscyprus@forcessocialwork.com

UPCOMING TRAINING 

Domestic Abuse Training


The level of training and awareness you require about domestic abuse is dependent on your role within the BFC community and what type of response is expected of you. There are two types of response, universal and specialist, and two levels within each response. Click below for more information.
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Safeguarding Training


There are three levels of MOD Safeguarding training available, which one is for you will be dependent on your role; Level 1 is online, Levels 2 and 3 are delivered face-to-face at locations across island.
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