Children of Defence families face a unique series of challenges - they experience parental absence due to deployments, and major changes in their lives with frequent relocations and starting at different schools.
Life in a Defence family can also be a rewarding one for children, as with the challenges comes the opportunity for personal growth and development. With the appropriate support, children can grow in self-reliance and confidence, step up and take on new responsibilities, develop strategies for coping with change and stressors, and become proactive and focus on the positive things in their lives.
To help reduce the impacts of relocation and parental absence on Defence children and build on their strengths, DCO:
For more information about any of these services or products, contact the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on DefenceFamilyHelpline@defence.gov.au or 1800 624 608.
The human services professionals at the Helpline can also provide you with help, advice or referral 24-7 if you or your children are facing difficulties.