Resources

Guides

Resources

Guides

These resources are intended to assist anyone working with children in an international context, including social workers, lawyers or policy makers.

Guides

EU Exit and the Hague Convention 1996
This guide sets out the legal landscape for children with European connections, in particular the 1996 Hague Convention, which is the primary instrument governing care proceedings since the UK's departure from the EU.
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UK Social Workers Practicing Overseas
This factsheet addresses the challenges and provides effective solutions for UK social workers travelling abroad to complete casework and family assessments.
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Placing Children with Family Overseas
This deals with the particular challenges of placing children with family overseas and provides practical advice for professionals.
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Placing Children in Non-Contracting States
This is intended to assist with planning for a child with international connections to live with extended family overseas, in a country which is not a Contracting State to the 1996 Hague Convention.
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International Child Protection
This guidance outlines good practice and essential resources for social workers in international child protection cases. It highlights some particularly challenging issues, such as child trafficking and female genital mutilation, which social workers might encounter when working with a child who has moved across international borders.
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Families Fleeing Overseas
This guidance is designed to help professionals take effective courses of action when they are working with a child in need of protection who travels, or is at risk of travelling, abroad, either in a planned or unplanned manner.
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EU Exit and the Impact on Children and Families Crossing Borders
This guide explores the impact of the UK leaving the EU on children and families who are crossing, or separated by, international borders. The EU Settlement Scheme and future international cooperation in relation to family law cases are explored here and practical steps which may be taken by professionals are also suggested.
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COVID-19 Interim Guidance on Overseas Assessments
This interim guidance sets out some principles to govern practice in these unprecedented times. It specifically relates to the assessment of parents or kinship carers (also known as friends and family carers) abroad where face to face visits cannot be conducted.
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COVID-19 and Cross Border Conflicts
This document provides guidance on how to apply international standards in times of this global health pandemic.
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Prospective Kinship Carers Living Outside the UK
This guide is for people who live outside of the UK and have put themselves forward to care for a child or children who are the subject of child protection court proceedings in England or Wales.
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1996 Hague Convention
This is a guide to cross border casework in 1996 Hague Convention matters. It covers jurisdiction; applicable law; recognition; enforcement and co-operation in respect of parental responsibility; measures for the protection of children; and the importance of co-operation, especially between central authorities.
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Surrogacy
Over the past three decades, surrogacy has become an increasingly popular method of alternative reproductive technology. It is, however, a practice that raises a number of human rights, ethical and legal questions. This highlights best practice for social workers.
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Kafala
Kafala is a child protection measure, prevalent in Islamic legal countries, which can be of a formal (involving a competent body) or informal nature. This outlines the principles that ensure that kafala is in a child’s best interests, both domestically and internationally.
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International Kinship Care
This factsheet offers essential Kinship advice for social workers and over the principles, working methods, and services offered on Kinship care.
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