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Ombudsman publishes fifth Annual Report

The Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces (SCOAF) Annual Report 2020 was laid in Parliament today. The report is the fifth report to cover the work of the Service Complaints system and the Ombudsman’s office. There have been a number of improvements to the reformed Service Complaints system. However, the Ombudsman once more finds […]

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My first three months as the Ombudsman

I officially took up my post on 8 February, and I can hardly believe we are already two months on from that point. The end of the financial year is now upon us – a time when many organisations are looking to the future, and making plans for what the coming months will bring. SCOAF […]

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Nicola Williams – My last blog as Ombudsman

This has been a hard blog for me to write. It’s my last one before I demit office at the end of the year, and there is a lot more to be said that can be captured in a few hundred words. How can I begin to capture here what it has meant to be […]

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Black History Month (BHM)

This month, our blog is being written by Dr Vivienne Connell-Hall – one of our Senior Investigators. What does BHM mean to me?  For me, BHM means that for 31 days out of 365 days of the year there is an opportunity for focussing on Black historical input and achievement, in the United Kingdom.  Paradoxically, […]

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Ombuds Day 2020 – How do Ombudsman make a difference

This 8th October is Ombuds Day, which occurs on the second Thursday of October each year. Ombuds Day is promoted by the American Bar Association (ABA) to increase public awareness of Ombudsman institutions, their roles, function and the valuable work they provide. Similar to last year, the theme for Ombuds Day is ‘Unusual Name, Important […]

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Covid-19: Delivering our Service

Six months ago all our lives were very, very different. Looking back to 1 January none of us could have foreseen how a pandemic could have altered our lives so dramatically to the point of lockdown. While it has been challenging for everyone responding to this pandemic, it has brought out the best in all […]

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Non-racist is not the same as anti-racist: a personal reflection

This is an intensely personal piece, but as a Black British woman, sometimes the best way to make observations on a wider issue is to illustrate it with, and from, a particular perspective. That is why I am writing this. It has been 2 weeks since the killing of George Floyd. After 3 memorial services […]

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Informal resolution and alternative dispute resolution: What’s the difference?

As the Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces, I have oversight of the Service Complaints system. But what some people don’t know is that not all complaints are dealt with this way. The Service Complaints system is the formal mechanism for resolving specific types of grievances[1] raised by Service personnel. However, many complaints are […]

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A week in the life of the Ombudsman

People often ask me what my job is like. Sometimes they want a broad picture of my roles and responsibilities. Other times, they want to know what I do day-to-day. While it is very easy to say what my broad role is, it is often more difficult to explain what I do on a daily […]

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2020: The Year Ahead

It has become a tradition for me to use the first SCOAF blog of the year to look at the year ahead. I look forward to writing this at the start of each year, but especially this year. Why? Well, not only does 2020 mark the fifth year of operation for SCOAF but because my […]

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