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Š‹Ž†”‡�‹�…ƒ”‡‰‘‹�‰�‹••‹�‰ Over the last few months, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults and the APPG for Looked After Children and Care Leavers have conducted a joint inquiry into the care and support provided to the thousands of children who go missing from care every year.

often experienced abuse, neglect or great trauma on their journey to the UK, and may well have been trafficked or exploited.

CFAB gave written evidence to this important inquiry. You can read the report here: http://www. childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/ files/tcs/u32/joint_appg_inquiry_-_ report...pdf

These children and young people do not understand the UK child protection system, they do not have family or friendship networks in the UK and consequently, if they do go missing, they are in greater danger of being physically or sexually abused or exploited. If they have been trafficked the children are not actually missing, they will be back withhave been taken back by their traffickers and will be exploited.

CFAB was particularly concerned about the number of children from overseas in our care system who go missing. CFAB maintain that these children from overseas are amongst the most vulnerable in our society. They have

The report sets out a number of practical recommendations to ensure that when a child runs away from care they are looked for thoroughly and effectively. Simply reporting children from overseas as missing is not enough,

missing children and young people from overseas need to be actively looked for, and thus protected. CFAB welcomes this important and timely report and will work with other agencies to ensure its recommendations are implemented with immediate effect. Obviously the key aim of the inquiry is to prevent children from overseas in our care system from going missing in the first place. This requires skilled foster carers who can support the young person in overcoming their fear of their traffickers and can protect them against being persuaded or coerced into running away. For more information on our children in care work please visit http://www.cfab. org.uk/professionals/cfab-services/ children-in-care/.

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The 6th bi-annual Golf Tournament once again took place at the magnificent Stoke Park Golf Club in Buckinghamshire on Monday 28th May 2012. The focus of the day was to raise money for CFAB’s work in the prevention of child abduction.

by a champagne reception and gala dinner with entertainment featuring a Magician and music from Fantasia.

We are incredibly grateful to the sponsors of the event Credit Suisse and the generosity of all those who supported the day.

Steve Rider handed out the prizes to the winning teams and individuals and ensured that a lively auction made a considerable contribution to the total amount raised. The raffle was incredibly popular this year and there were some brilliant prizes on offer including designer leather wallets, top London restaurant vouchers and Chanel perfume sets.

The event raised an incredible £100,000 for the charity and we would like to sincerely thank Dr and Mrs Sattaripour, Steve Rider, Suzanne Harding, the organising committee and sponsors for making it such a memorable event.

The weather was fantastic and the sun shone as 19 teams - joined by Ladies professionals - battled it out on one of the most challenging and beautiful courses in the country. We were joined by teams from Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Julius Baer, Credit Suisse and Vestra Wealth to name but a We were thrilled to have the Broad Gallery with us once again to run few. the Silent Auction and they had After a delicious brunch the teams some beautiful prints on display set off in the glorious sunshine. A from artists such as Picasso, fabulous round of golf was followed Chagall, Matisse and Miro. 3KRWRJUDSKHUV(ODLQH0D\VRQ

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‡Ž’ ‡Ž’    ‰‘ ‰”‡‡Ǩ Recent increases in postage costs have helped drive a real determination here at CFAB to reduce the posting of multiple newsletters each year. Not only will this save substantial costs for the charity, but will also help to protect the environment. We would be very grateful if you could help us with this and provide an email address that your newsletter can be sent to from now on. Please email Christina Turner at christina.turner@cfab.org.uk to provide your email address and help us save money and go green!

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This innovative project was set up to bring safeguarding and social welfare systems together to radically improve identification and protection of all children trafficked within and into the UK. Here is an update on hoiw the project is progressing.

CFAB was saddened to hear of the passing of two of our supporters in the last year.

6LU0LFKDHO3DOOLVHU The Trustees and staff of CFAB were very sad to learn of the recent death of Sir Michael who had been President of our charity for 12 years from 1982 to 1994. He had a hugely distinguished career in the Diplomatic Service culminating in his appointment as the UK’s first Ambassador to the EU, followed by 7 years as the Permanent Secretary at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Head of the Diplomatic Service. After retirement he gave his time to various City interests and charities, ours included. Sir Michael was 92 at the time of his death and kept in touch with us to the end; indeed our Chairman visited him at his home in Hampstead only a few weeks before his death. At Sir Michael’s funeral – which our Chairman also attended – he was described by Lord Kerr as a “truly great man” and we at CFAB echo that sentiment.

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Pierre Antoine sadly died last year from cancer. He and his wife Sandra were strong supporters of CFAB’s work with children and families whose socio-welfare problems affect the UK and another country. Pierre Antoine was a true polymath who wrote learned books about religion, took a passionate interest in classical music, and also took a close interest in our charity’s work and actively helped in our fundraising planning and events programme. Last month at the Royal Festival Hall a concert was dedicated to his memory and CFAB were proud to be associated with this wonderful evening.

HMRC have agreed to allow London Local Authorities to obtain information about benefit fraud to help them identify child trafficking victims A brand new online trafficking training app is available now to be downloaded and forwarded to all professionals http://www.ecomsoftware.com/ineqechildtraffickingbasics/ index.html

All our thoughts here at CFAB go out to the families.

76 child trafficking enquiries to CFAB’s Advice Line in 2011/2012 36 child trafficking cases in the last 18 months

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CFAB Newsletter

Summer 2012

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:+$77+(6&+(0( 2))(56" Our Membership Scheme will offer unprecedented benefits, including a number of valuable and cost-saving benefits: Unlimited case consultancy Unlimited information and specialist advice for statutory cases regarding children and family work in international contexts. Assistance in all Hague 1996 and Brussels IIa matters. CFAB will carry out all 1996 Hague Convention assessment requests in your Local Authority which otherwise will be your responsibility. Two bespoke training events per year for up to 50 people on either Child Trafficking, Private Fostering, Children in Care or International Social Work Issues. Expert input to strategy meetings, case conferences and LSCB as required. Advice and guidance to UK social workers travelling overseas. Includes visa advice and linking UK workers with professionals overseas.

CFAB has extensive expertise and experience in: - Assisting in child protection investigations with an international dimension - Procuring assessments of family overseas for permanent placements - Identifying and safeguarding victims of child trafficking - Identifying and safeguarding children privately fostered from overseas - Training social work staff on international social work issues - Negotiating and working with children’s services in over 120 countries around the world

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CFAB is the only organisation in the UK that provide assistance and expertise on international social work issues.

The Membership Scheme is available to join immediately! By joining before March 31st 2013 the annual fee will be frozen at £5,000 for 3 years.

COST CERTAINTY CFAB’s current fee structure will be increasing by at least 25% in April 2013. Membership will give greater certainty to your financial planning, eliminating those financial barriers. COST & TIME SAVINGS Child protection investigations of children from overseas, trafficked children and children in your care who are from overseas are ever increasing. Joining CFAB’s membership scheme will save you time and money as well as meeting the safeguarding needs of your service users. BARRIERS REMOVED At present vital information needed for cases is not always obtained due to frontline staff being unable to agree the current fees requested. Joining will remove considerable pressure from staff having to agree these fees to commission our service. Staff will also be able to use CFAB as often as they need ultimately enabling them to protect many more children at risk and families in need of help.

Priority bookings on CFAB symposiums, conferences and annual lectures.

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If you are interested in joining the scheme please email us to request a Membership Sign Up form at: membership@cfab.org.uk Upon receipt of the Membership Sign Up Form you will be issued with a contract and invoice. When payment has been received from your organisation your Membership Certificate will be issued. Access to your Membership Services will begin from the date the funds are received by CFAB.

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 Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x203A;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;  Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â?Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x2039;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; The Biennial meeting of the global International Social Service Network took place in Banff, Canada between 2125 May. Representatives of social welfare agencies from many Nations covering all fivr Continents gathered in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains for five days of intense discussions. The theme of the Council Meeting was â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Meeting the Challenges of the Modern Transnational Eraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and CFABâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chairman, CEO and Operations Manager were all present. Our Chairman Doug Lewis is the current Chair of the International Governing Board and oversaw the many Plenary Sessions. Our CEO Andy Elvin attended all the plenaries as well as meetings with the Directors and CEOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from around the world. These meetings focussed on achieving best outcomes for children separated from their families by international borders. Andy was also asked to update the network on CFABâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success in accessing non statutory funding and so reduce reliance on government funding in this time of global austerity. Over the week there were many Seminars and voted amongst the very best was the one from Operations Manager Meena Enawalla which focussed on the issues surrounding the increased prevalence of Surrogacy around the world.

across national borders. Although there were many challenging sessions during the meeting, especially in trying to reconcile the different cultures and work-related experiences amongst the hugely varied delegates, the group were unanimous in agreeing a set of final Resolutions relating to the future. Most importantly the International Network committed itself to a total review of its future Strategic Direction and the demands it places on the central Secretariat in Geneva. It was recognised that above all else our organisation needs to become stronger so that CFAB and other National agencies can meet the increased demand for our specialised services that has occurred as a direct result of globalisation and its resulting extraordinary escalation in trans-national relationships involving children and families. Our sincere thanks to the Canadian Branch of our network for the superb way this global meeting was organised.

The meeting had a particularly high-profile across North America and the Keynote Speakers included Minister Hancock from the Canadian Government and Ambassador Jacobs from the US State Department. Many other NGOs attended as observers, as did numerous State social-welfare organisations. They all emphasised the vital importance of our charity focussing on its â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;USPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of dealing with the social and legal welfare problems that affect children and families

Dates for the diary... September 27th 2012 CFABâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2nd Embassy Social Welfare Meeting at the American Embassy in London from 9.30am-11.30am. ** New Event ** November 15th 2012 CFAB Call my Bluff Wine Tasting Event at the Hyatt Regency London: The Churchill from 6.30pm-10.30pm May 14th & 15th 2013 CFABâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 54th International Spring Fair at Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall For details on any of the above, or to register your interest, please contact Emma Derham on emma.derham@cfab.org.uk

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