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.

 

Polaris Children’s Services is an independent provider of children’s services across the UK and the British military around the world. From 1st July 2020, 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

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  • 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

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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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Personal Family Support Service

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Confidential & Advisory Listening Service

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Domestic Abuse Intervention Programme

Relationship Issues

Debt Management

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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

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Training, Learning & Support Services

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Safeguarding Training for partners and stakeholders

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Childminding Registration Support & Training

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Victim & Witness Support Services

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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 Support Cyprus Single Point of Contact (SPOC) on (00 357) 2596 3609 or contactuscyprus@forcessocialwork.com

AKROTIRI SOCIAL WORK

Akrotiri Social Work,
The Oval,

RAF Akrotiri, BFPO 57

Phone: (00 357) 2527 5838

EPISKOPI SOCIAL WORK

Episkopi Social Work,
E Block,
Episkopi, BFPO 53

Phone: (00 357) 2596 3609

DHEKELIA SOCIAL WORK

ESBA Social Work,
MRS Centre,
Dhekelia, BFPO 58

Phone: (00 357) 2474 4453

Local office hours are all Monday to Friday from 7.00am to 3.00pm.

OUR SERVICES 

SOCIAL WORK SERVICE


British Forces Social Work Service (BFSWS) & Community Support (BFCSS) Cyprus provide a statutory service for children in need (including in need of protection), to ensure children develop and achieve their full potential. The main focus of our work is to support children in partnership with their families and professional agencies.




PERSONAL FAMILY SUPPORT WORK SERVICE


BFSWS Personal Family Support Workers (PFSWs) provide a confidential, impartial non-judgemental service, to enable you to make informed decisions about you and/or your family’s future.




PARENTING SUPPORT SERVICE


Our service provides bespoke parenting support for you and your child based on issues and needs that you or a referrer have identified. We offer a range of programmes and strategies that promote social and emotional development in children and enhance parent-child relationships for parents with children of all ages.




RELATIONSHIP SUPPORT


Relationship support allows you time to think through an issue or work through a problem. It can help you to better understand yourself and make decisions about your relationship.




DOMESTIC ABUSE


Any person can experience domestic abuse regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, class, gender, disability or lifestyle.




VICTIM AND WITNESS SUPPORT SERVICE


British Forces Cyprus Victim & Witness Support helps people cope with the effects of crime. It doesn’t matter when or where the incident occurred; we are here to help.




COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS SERVICE


Every day, our dedicated team of BFSWS Community Volunteers are making a lasting difference to the lives of the BFC community.




FOSTERING


Do something amazing to support your community when it needs you most.




CHILDMINDING


As a registered childminder, you will provide flexible childcare for one or more children under the age of eight, for more than two hours a day, in your own home for reward.





Read more about some of our services or download referral forms below:

 
 
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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

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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