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Research reports

We are here for every member of the RAF Family in need. To enable this, we carry out and commission research to produce up-to-date insights into the size, shape and needs of the RAF Family. This helps us and others to make decisions based on evidence and understanding, so that we can have the greatest possible impact.

Please find below our key publications, with the most recent at the top. If you would like more information on any of these or our research more generally, please email us at

Gambling and Wellbeing Research 

Our report Gambling and Wellbeing in the RAF is the first research to look exclusively at the extent of gambling as an issue among serving RAF personnel, as well as other related health and wellbeing issues such as alcohol use and mental health. The report also explores how members of the RAF community can be better supported. For the first time, it sheds a detailed light on gambling and associated wellbeing issues within a single service.

This research explores gambling behaviours among serving personnel as well as determining the frequency and severity of gambling problems among the serving RAF community. We have an opportunity to address the issue now among serving personnel, before any gambling problems they may have get worse.

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Growing up in the RAF

Our report Growing Up in the RAF is the first research to look exclusively at the wellbeing of children and young people in the UK with RAF parents. The report focusses on children who have one or both parents in the RAF and looks at their experiences living as part of a service family. Download the report:

Meeting the Needs

In our report 'Meeting the Needs of the Serving RAF Community' we looked into the emotional challenges facing serving RAF personnel and their partners. Download the report:

In our report 'Meeting the Needs of the RAF Family' we looked into the size, profile and welfare needs of the RAF Family in 2015. Download the report:

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