BRITISH FORCES SOCIAL WORK SERVICE & COMMUNITY SUPPORT SOUTH ATLANTIC ISLANDS
WHO ARE WE?
From 1 July 2020 Social Work Service & Community Support in South Atlantic Islands is being managed and delivered by Polaris Children’s Services, an independent provider of social care services across the UK and the military around the world. Our remit is to provide social work and community services to the British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI) community. We work in partnership with other welfare and medical organisations to deliver high quality services to BFSAI personnel, both individuals and families.
“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
WHAT DO WE DO?
ADULT WELFARE ISSUES
We offer advice, support and guidance for a range of welfare issues including stress, anxiety, isolation and low mood, alcohol and substance misuse, ill-health or disability, relationship issues, bullying and harassment, loss and bereavement, debt management, and housing issues.
CHILD IN NEED
Where emerging issues within a family may be impacting on a child’s welfare and development, BFSWS will assess the needs of the child and family. Together with the family, we will plan the support they need to thrive as a family and prevent the child from becoming at risk (through a Child in Need Plan).
DOMESTIC ABUSE SUPPORT
We offer victim safety work and perpetrator interventions to reduce incidences of domestic abuse and promote safety and recovery.
We can provide aftercare and emotional support for anyone who has been the victim of a crime.
We have a range of toolkits and guidance for young people and adults.
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 Stanley Social Services or, for an emergency situation, the Joint Operation Centre (JOC).
STANLEY SOCIAL SERVICES
00 500 27296
If you would like some support, advice or guidance in relation to social care issues, please contact BFSWS and Community Service South Atlantic Islands on:
00 500 73331
Monday to Friday
08.30 - 17:00
OUT OF HOURS
We provide our support 24/7, if you need to contact us out of hours please call
0044 (0) 808 168 3111
Stanley Social Services 00 500 27296
Joint Operation Centre Mil: 94130 4344 (internal 4344) or Mil: 94130 2222 (internal 2222)
Any other enquiries please contact us at contactusSAI@forcessocialwork.com