Peace Education Network

The Peace Education Network is a national UK network that brings together people and organisations committed to education for peace.

Teach Peace pack

revised 2016
Teach Peace, a new resource from the Peace Education Network, is a set of eight assemblies, follow-up activities, resources, prayers and reflections on peace for primary schools.From the UN peace day, 21 September, to the International Day for Children as Victims of War, 4 June, the school year is ?lled with opportunities to use the assemblies and activities in Teach Peace. This resource will help to ensure peace is a key theme in our children’s education and help you to celebrate peace and the peacemakers in your school.The entire resource is free to download below. Hard copies of Teach Peace are available from the Peace Education Network for £5. Also available in Welsh.

ForcesWatch submission to Defence Select Committee inquiry on Military Casualties

March 2014
ForcesWatch's submission to the Defence Select Committee inquiry on Military Casualties draws on our research published in The Last Ambush.

Presentations from the Militarisation in Everyday Life in the UK conference

November 2013
Featured Video Play IconThe Militarisation in Everyday Life in the UK conference was held in London in 2013 and was organised by ForcesWatch. It brought together academics, writers, activists and campaigners concerned about the implications of the militarisation of everyday life in the UK.12 presentations were filmed. For more details and background reading, see here.

Camouflage Kids: How the military affects young people’s lives

November 2013
A ForcesWatch poster showing policy, cultural and other recent developments affecting the extent of military influence in young people's lives.



Journeys in the Spirit: Quakers and the military

June 2013
The youth edition of Journeys in the Spirit (number 19) provides a range of ideas to use with 12–18 year olds in a Quaker context.

The Last Ambush? Aspects of mental health in the British armed forces

October 2013
This report from ForcesWatch, shows that young soldiers recruited from disadvantaged backgrounds are substantially more likely than other troops to return from war experiencing problems with their mental health. It calls for the policy of recruiting from age 16 to be reviewed so that the greatest burden of risk is not left to the youngest, most vulnerable recruits to shoulder.

Militarisation in everyday life in the UK

This event, held in London in 2013, brought together academics, writers, activists and campaigners who are researching, writing, campaigning on, or just concerned about the implications of the militarisation of everyday life in the UK.

Young age at Army enlistment is associated with greater war zone risks: An analysis of British Army fatalities in Afghanistan

August 2013
This paper, published by ForcesWatch and Child Soldiers International, indicates that the risk of fatality in Afghanistan for British Army recruits aged 16 and completed training has been twice as high as it has for those enlisting at 18 or above.

ForcesWatch submission to Defence Select Committee Future Army 2020 inquiry

June 2013
ForcesWatch's submission to the Defence Committee's inquiry Future Army 2020, which recomments an evaluation of the case for an independent review of the minimum age of recruitment into the Army with a view to recruiting only adults (aged 18 and above) in the future, looking at five reasons why the time is right for this.

One Step Forward: The case for ending recruitment of minors by the British armed forces

April 2013
This report published by Child Soldiers International and ForcesWatch outlines the numerous ethical and legal concerns related to rhe recruitment of under-18s, including the disproportionately high level of risk they face and long-term consequences for their employability, as well as detailing how much more it costs than recruiting only adults.

Ministry of Defence statistics

The Ministry of Defence publishes statistics on a range of defence related topics.

Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey

Published by the MoD It provides a tri-Service perspective of Service personnel attitudes, opinions and circumstances on important Service conditions. The survey is one of the MoD's main vehicles to collect attitudinal information; it informs changes to Service personnel policies across MOD.