Directorate Children and Young People

Find out how DCYP help children fulfil their potential.

The Directorate of Children and Young People (DCYP) was established in 2010 to provide a single Ministry of Defence (MOD) focus for all issues related to service children and young people. Service children are the children of serving service personnel but we also have a responsibility for the children of Ministry of Defence UK based civilians and sponsored organisations serving outside of the UK.

The work of DCYP falls in to the 6 broad areas of responsibility listed below:

  • strategic direction and policy
  • provision of high quality education in MOD schools and settings
  • safeguarding children and young people
  • supporting the Armed Forces Covenant
  • direct support and advice to service families with advice on a wide range of education matters
  • educational psychology and social work services

The Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) is an integral part of DCYP. It provides service families with advice and information about all aspects of children’s education in the UK and around the world.

On 1 April 2013 Service Children’s Education (SCE) ceased to be an MOD agency and now MOD schools sit within DCYP. MOD schools continues to provide education for many of the dependent children of armed forces personnel and UK based civilians serving overseas.

For more information on the services that DCYP provide, please visit the following pages:

Education in the UK for service children: information regarding aspects of education for service children in the UK, this will vary depending on where they live or may move to.

Education Overseas for service children: the education provision for service children overseas can be categorised as Ministry of Defence (MOD) schools or non MOD schools locations.

Higher Education for service children: key information about higher education for service children including funding, applying for university and top tips.

Childcare for service children: information on childcare for service families within the UK and overseas.

The Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) for service children: the CEAS provides expert and impartial advice about the education of service children.

Safeguarding for service children: information about the Ministry of Defence Safeguarding Children’s Board and who you can contact about the safeguarding of service children.