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Spring 2011

CFAB on the catwalk! Akris Fashion Show, Swiss Ambassador’s Residence CFAB was delighted to host their first ever Fashion Show on 29th March 2011 at the Swiss Ambassador’s Residence. The stunning Swiss Fashion House Akris put on the show entertaining nearly 200 guests with their gorgeous 2011 Spring/Summer collection. Their collection was unmistakably modern, feminine and discreet. Guests were greeted by the Swiss Ambassador and his wife, and enjoyed a wonderful champagne reception before taking their seats to watch a colourful and exciting collection of beautiful clothes. The evening was a great success and raised approximately £13,500

CFAB is a unique charity and part of an international network of social welfare agencies. Our mission is to promote and protect the rights and welfare of children, adults and families across international borders.

- a wonderful achievement and contribution to the unique work that our charity undertakes. CFAB would like to extend their warmest thanks to HE Mr Anton Thalmann and Mrs Dominique Thalmann for generously hosting this fabulous event, and to Suh Tan and the team at Akris for organising such a stunning show. A huge thank you to the Fashion Show organising committee for all their hard work, and to all our guests who came on the night. We are so grateful for your support! For more details on the Spring Summer collection please visit

Photographer: Roland Kemp

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CFAB awarded Grant! CFAB are delighted to announce that we have been successful in winning a DfE grant for two years to fund our advice line and training services. CFAB are pleased that the DfE has recognised the unique value of the service we provide. This grant means that CFAB will be able to continue to offer a free and expert advice line service covering all issues of international social work. Since 2008 we have answered in excess of 3500 calls from over 150 local authorities covering more than 130 countries. The advice line is open to everyone, whether you work in a local authority, an NGO, the Police or are a solicitor or member of the judiciary, our advice line workers are ready to take your call. The service is also available to any private individual needing advice and support regarding an international child welfare issue. Simply call 0207 735 8941 or go online at for more information. CFAB’s advice line is currently experiencing an exceptionally busy period; in 2011 there has been an increase of 19% against the same period in 2010. March was the busiest month on record for CFAB’s advice line with 162 calls received. We are seeing more enquiries regarding child trafficking in 2011 and the top ten countries we are receiving enquiries about are: Poland, Spain, Portugal, France, USA, Germany, Lithuania Australia, Ghana and South Africa CFAB can offer advice and/or signposting on almost any international social work query and we have contacts and expertise in over 120 countries worldwide. Our free training service for local authorities and other interested stakeholders is also going well. To date CFAB has delivered training to 15 Local Authorities with 12 more booked in. The feedback has been very positive from every session which we run. To book your free training session please call 0207 735 8941 or e-mail christina. (CFAB ask that travel and accommodation expenses are covered)

Meet, Greet and Dine with the Sw iss Ambassador in support of the Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain on Thursday 9 June 2011at the Ambassador’s Residen ce in London

Enjoy an exclusive and entertaining evening with a live Jazz Concert, sile nt auction followed by a black tie dinner and other attractions. Tickets : £100 p/p - booking of table (seating 10) available. Please reply as soon as possible to Ms Tanuja Kashyap, Email: events@lo Tel 0207 616 6066 Post: Embassy of Switzerland, Social Secretary, 16-18 Montagu Place, Lon don W1H 2BQ The Auction catalogue is available on the Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain website: or on request from the Embassy.

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ICP Dinner equals last year’s success! CFAB was thrilled to be welcomed into HE The Italian Ambassador’s Residence for the fifth annual International Child Protection Dinner on 10th March 2011. Guests were warmly welcomed into the stunning residence, and greeted with a wonderful champagne reception. Everyone had a chance to marvel at the splendid art pieces that had been kindly donated by the Broad Gallery London for the silent auction which took place throughout the evening.

Steve Rider, our auctioneer extraodinaire, led a lively and animated live auction and a heart felt pledge appeal. Throughout the evening guests also had the opportunity to bid for some stunning pieces of art including Picasso, Chagall, Dali and Miro. Once again the amount raised on the night surpassed our dreams and we are so grateful to the organising committee for all their hard work and everyone involved for making it such a memorable occasion.

A superb three course meal was served where guests enjoyed A special thanks to HE Alain home made ravioli and exquiste Giorgio Maria Economides and monkfish coupled with fine wines. the Italian Embassy staff and to all at Zafferano’s for a superb dinner. Enertainment during the evening included a spectacular live and Please take a look at the back of silent auction with some really this newsletter for information on exceptional and unique prizes. our very special upcoming events. Thanks to our wonderfully generous guests we equalled last years amazing record of approximately £170,000! We were very fortunate to once again have some exclusive prizes on offer and special thanks goes to all individuals/organisations who donated items.

Photographer: Roland Kemp

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p m y l O e h t t a n e r feguarding child

Child Protection Lecture


The evening of April 4th saw the second annual CFAB child protection lecture at Governors House in the City Of London.

CFAB is a key member of the London Safeguarding Board Olympics Sub-Group with additional presence on the Training Workstream (participating in the design and delivery of safeguarding children material for games ambassadors and volunteers) and the Rapid Response workstream. This group is chaired by Philip Ishola from Harrow Council. Membership comprises of London local authorities, the Metropolitan Police Service and representatives from the voluntary and community sector.

This year we were delighted to have The Rt. Hon Baroness Butler-Sloss and Jim Gamble as our speakers on the subject of Child Trafficking. Our audience of over 100 included representatives from 18 local authorities, UKBA, Home Office, FCO, Official Solicitors, CEOP, Metropolitan Police, ECPAT, Afruca, Barnardo’s and others from the fields of law and child protection. The lectures centred on the underlying issues behind child trafficking, the reality of child trafficking in the UK today and the current response of UK authorities to this issue.

The group will ensure that London LSCBs and partner agencies are prepared for the challenges around safeguarding children at the 2012 Games and to influence the Olympics delivery agencies in relation to prioritizing the safeguarding of children in planning and delivering the Games. It aims to address the safeguarding needs of children and families including combating human trafficking during the Games.

There was a lively plenary session after the lecture and the following issues and suggestions emerged: Child trafficking is an issue that needs to be on all pre and post qualifying social work curriculums

CFAB will offer vital expertise to all Olympic Boroughs and to the Olympic Safeguarding Rapid Response Team on the international dimension to safeguarding practice during the Games. We are currently applying for funding to carry out this service. It is hoped that the processes put in place in 2012 will provide a lasting legacy for good practice in safeguarding children at large scale sporting events in the future.

The UK needs a robust central agency to cover child trafficking and other national and international child protection issues. This agency would have a strong child welfare focus with an enforcement element. It is vital that such an agency has strong and independent governance and that its staff costs are ring fenced and dedicated to child protection The response of all frontline professionals to victims of child trafficking needs to improve

CFAB has recently contributed to the GLE report on Olympics 2012 and Trafficking. You can read this report in full on our website.

It is vital that UK professionals engage with issues in the trafficked young person’s country of origin. There is no sense in protecting a child in the UK only to send them back to further trafficking or exploitation in their country of origin. Social workers should challenge decisions made about trafficked young people that they disagree with, a vital role for the social worker is to be an advocate for the child or young person CFAB will continue with its lecture series next year and details will be on our website from next January. For a transcript and video of this lecture please visit

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CFAB is reaching for the summits! A group of four CFAB staff are embarking on the adventure of a life time – come October 2011 they will be pushing their mental and physical capabilities to the limits as they begin climbing one of the tallest peaks in the world – Kilimanjaro in Tanzania!

CFAB Team with The Rt Hon Baroness Butler Sloss & Jim Gamble

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Heather, Hannah, Shaziah and Christina will be raising as much money as possible for Children and Families Across Borders. They will be counting on all of your support to reach the top. Anything you can give to support our fantastic cause will make all the difference. The girls are very determined and excited about this adventure. Updates on how training is going will be posted on the CFAB blog and facebook site so do follow their progress. Please support the CFAB team today by donating whatever you can to this amazing cause and challenge. Please visit the link below to visit our just giving page and donate today A huge thank you from us all. Page 5

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Upcoming Events...

Spring 2011

52nd International Spring Fair Join us for the 52nd International Spring Fair where stalls from around the world are brought to you by the Diplomatic missions of over 100 countries selling produce unique to their country! Come along to sample authentic international cuisine or participate in the best raffle in London with the possibility of winning international return flights and dinners at exclusive London restaurants! Whilst indulging in all this be entertained by performances from national dance troupes and live music from all corners of the globe. This is a remarkable event, cosmopolitan and vibrant - a day not to be missed! We do hope to see you there!

11th May 2011, 11am - 6pm, Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall. Tickets available on the door for £5 Qatar Airways is offering two return Business Class tickets to any destination on the airline’s fast growing network, which now links to 100 destinations world-wide. The multi award-winning airline has been voted as having the Best Business Class Service and Catering in the World by Skytrax. The prize winner at this year’s International Spring Fair 2011 raffle will experience the airline’s 5-star dining on-demand or can pick from the à la carte menu in Business Class, which can be mixed and matched with a selection from Qatar Airways’ award-winning wine collection. Operating one of the world’s youngest airline fleets, Qatar Airways’ luxurious Business Class cabins are furnished with flat-bed seats with 8 in-set massage settings, meaning you’re sure to have a wonderful flight. For more information, on Qatar Airways special offers, please visit

ART ANTIQUES LONDON FIRST NIGHT PARTY 8 JUNE 2011 ART ANTIQUES LONDON is a marriage of quality and style and will bring together leading exhibitors offering a range of the finest works of art from the traditional through to modern and contemporary. It takes place at the pinnacle of the summer season reinforcing London’s place at the heart of the world’s art market. CFAB is delighted to have been chosen as the beneficiary charity for the 2011 ART ANTIQUES LONDON FIRST NIGHT PARTY which takes place on the evening of 8 June 2011. This will be the most significant fundraising event and opportunity that CFAB has ever been associated with. Venue: Albert Memorial West Lawn, Kensington Gardens, Queens Gate, Kensington Gore, SW7 Ticket Information: Champagne reception plus Exhibition View: 6pm-8pm - £80 Dinner (including reception and Exhibition View): 8.30pm onwards - £300 To book tickets contact: CFAB, Unit 1.03 Canterbury Court, 1-3 Brixton Rd, London, SW9 6DE Email: Tel: 020 3176 0242

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Spring Newsletter 2011  
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Akris Fashion Show, Swiss Ambassador’s Residence CFAB is a unique charity and part of an international network of social welfare agencies. O...