CFAB, as a registered charity, is governed by the Charity Commission of England and Wales. Our Trustees ensure the charity meets – and often exceeds – regulatory requirements.
Our work with Central Authorities of the 1996 Hague Convention falls within Article 31 (a) which enables Central Authorities to facilitate the communications or offer the assistance provided for in Chapter V of the Convention, either directly or ‘through public authorities or other bodies’.
The Practical Handbook on the Operation of the 1996 Hague Convention (HCCH, 2014) and the Explanatory Report to the Convention (Lagarde, 1997, 140), refer to the International Social Services as an example of a body of ‘uncontested competence’ which might perform such functions.
As the UK representative of the International Social Services (ISS), we regularly report to the ISS Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. The Secretariat, a separate legal entity to CFAB, is subject to Swiss Civil Code. More information can be found here
Our Approach to Diversity and Inclusion
At CFAB, we believe we can remove real and perceived barriers, valuing everybody who volunteers with, works for, supports or benefits from our work. We are committed to creating a society that respects and values individuality and difference. We see this every day in our work across 130 different countries, and we know how easy it is to miscommunicate, misunderstand and misinterpret across different languages, cultures and backgrounds. As a result, we have set out a plan for fostering greater inclusion within CFAB and with those with whom we work.
Our commitment to understanding and breaking down systemic and institutional barriers and creating an equal and fair society must start with us. We intend to publicly publish our diversity & inclusion targets, and our results, soon. As a small organisation, we need to ensure staff are comfortable with this and that no confidential data is inadvertently disclosed. Our Diversity & Inclusion work is a standing item on our Board agenda.
We seek applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds including, but not at all limited to, family overseas, experience being raised by non-biological parents, ethnic minority communities and people with health conditions or impairments.