CFAB works with partners in over 130 countries, both as part of the International Social Service (ISS) network and through independent partnerships.
CFAB is the UK member of the International Social Service (ISS) – a network of social workers, lawyers and other child protection professionals and partners in over 130 countries.
Formed 90 years ago and headquartered in Geneva, the ISS is the only international network focussed on inter-country social work. In 2019, the ISS became an Accredited Commonwealth Organisation with CFAB as the representative body engaging with the Secretariat.
The ISS network gives us unrivalled access to expert, on-the-ground support which allows us to assess whether a child’s return to their home country is realistic and in their best interests. This is more appropriate and cost-effective than sending social workers from the UK to make family assessments overseas.
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We protect children and reunite families across borders.
CFAB exists to ensure that every child in the UK has the right to care, protection and family life, no matter where they come from.
In an increasingly globalised world, we recognise the complexity of international social work. With our partners worldwide, CFAB works to increase efficiency and provide an effective, high quality service.
We provide our expertise and experience to local authorities, the courts and other public agencies to help ensure the best possible outcomes for children.
As the UK arm of the ISS Network, CFAB is part of a worldwide network of professionals working in over 130 countries, allowing us to access expert support from around the world to protect children at risk. CFAB’s team includes professionally qualified social workers and caseworkers specially trained to manage inter-country social work cases.
CFAB’s work is grounded in the best interests of vulnerable children and adults and we defend and uphold their rights to protection, care and family life. CFAB does not have any political affiliation or agenda. We work with local authorities, the courts, the police and other agencies to ensure that the protection and care of vulnerable children and adults is at the heart of decision-making.
CFAB ensures children and vulnerable adults play a role in decisions that affect their lives. We value the role, expertise and experience of our overseas partners, without whom we could not effectively safeguard children and vulnerable adults. We recognise that the complexity of international social work demands we all work together to secure the best outcome possible for every beneficiary.