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We are experts in social work in an international context, cross-border child protection cases, care proceeding requiring cross-border cooperation and overseas placements. 

CFAB carries out case services in the UK and abroad referred to us by local authorities, statutory agencies, charities and individual members of the public, as well as our partners in the International Social Service network.

We specialise in understanding UK local authority processes, international legislation and placements. Our position in the ISS network gives us unrivalled access to expert, on-the-ground support, allowing us to assess whether a child’s return to their heritage country is realistic and in their best interests. 

We offer the following services:

  • International child protection alerts
    Reporting child protection concerns to child welfare organisations abroad within 24 hours
  • Record checks
    Requesting and receiving social services records and information from authorities abroad
  • Welfare checks and home visits
    A visit made by an overseas social service professional to the family home usually to ascertain the safety and welfare of the children and their living circumstances
  • Full assessments (including kinship, parenting and best interest assessments)
    Requesting and obtaining assessments from our partners overseas
  • Local assistance
    An in-country social service professional accompanying and assisting a UK social worker to understand local culture, context, regulations and support services, when visiting overseas, to inform a final care decision
  • Pre-placement preparation
    Direct support to prepare the carer ahead of the arrival of the child
  • Post placement support
    Welfare visits by an overseas professional to confirm the children’s health, safety, routine and emotional development within the new family environment
  • Life story work
    Direct support for the child to help them process their feelings, to come to terms with their current circumstances linking to events in their past, to make sense of their present and to develop a clear sense of identity for the future
  • Virtual contact supervision
    Multi-lingual supervision from a qualified social worker to ensure safe, positive contact of children with a non-resident family member via an online platform
  • Legal advice service
    Legal advice for local authorities in England and Wales on care proceedings with an international element. This is currently a funded project.
  • Court advice service
    Representation of children as guardians in the courts to ensure decisions for and about children protect them, promote their welfare and are in their best interests.
  • Family reunification – in the UK
    Practical and emotional support for young refugees who are reunited with family members in the UK.  We also offer assessments for the family reunification process. This is currently a funded project.

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Our Services

To discuss our services, please call our Advice Line on 020 7735 8941

To find out more about the fees for these services, please visit our Fees page.

Testimonials

testimonials

“We have been very pleased with the service we have received from CFAB. The assessment is very helpful and really thorough so thank you.”

-Social Worker

"CFAB produced an excellent report. It was thorough, carefully prepared and very helpful."

-Solicitor

“I would definitely seek help from CFAB in future and would recommend the service to colleagues and other agencies if needed.”

-Social Worker

Our Global Reach

Global Reach
In accordance with policies of the International Federation of Social Work, the British Association of Social Work, international conventions and ethical considerations, an assessment in a different country is always best undertaken by a local social worker.  Moreover, it is likely to be illegal, unethical and unsafe for a social worker to undertake regulated practice outside of their own country.CFAB helps broker liaisons between UK children services and similar overseas service providers in 130 countries. If you are interested in our services, we always advise you to call us on 0207 735 8941 to discuss your needs – as political, environmental, religious and other events may affect what can be provided to you. Below is a list of some of the countries where we offer services (as of October 2021).
Welfare Visits & Assessments
Child Protection Alerts & Record Checks
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Barbados
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • East Timor
  • Ethiopia
  • France
  • Ghana
  • Hong Kong / China
  • India
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Lebanon
  • Pakistan
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • New Zealand
  • Albania
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Rep
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Israel
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • Turkey