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NEWSLETTER

Summer 2010

Success 3 years on! 020 7735 8941

is a gateway to unparalleled free advice and information covering a wide range of international social work issues! Launched nearly 3 years ago, the National Advice and Information Helpline has been a phenomenal success fielding over 1,000 calls per year. Over the first 6 months of 2010 we have already answered 759 queries that covered 80 different countries and came from, amongst others, 100 different local authorities. As Britain increasingly becomes the home of choice to many families from around the world, so the demand for our special knowledge and expertise continues to grow. Our specialist team of intercountry social workers is on hand to answer any queries that social workers, solicitors, Cafcass, the Police, Prison Service or other professionals and private individuals might have concerning a social welfare issue that involves another country.

Our experience and unrivalled international network with access to information in over 100 countries allow us to answer and offer guidance on a wide range of issues such as

Child Protection Alerts Child Abduction Child Trafficking Unaccompanied Minors Children in care Welfare Checks Private Fostering Travel Assistance Police and Social Service checks In all of the above we were able to offer expert advice and ongoing casework services. All calls are dealt with on the day and we are happy to offer advice and information on any international social work issue that you may have.

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.

We obtained user feedback from 10% of callers and an impressive 95% of these rate our service as good or excellent. The Department For Education currently funds this service and we are hopeful that this will continue long term to support this much needed and highly valued advice line service.

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Lord Justice Thorpe, Alex Verdan QC and Lord Laming Lord Justice Thorpe, Alex Verdan QC and Lord Laming

n n 29th 29th April April 2010 2010 CFAB CFAB welcomed welcomedover over6060professionals professionals totoGovernors GovernorsHouse, House,London Londonforforthe the Inaugural InauguralChild ChildProtection ProtectionLecture Lecture delivered deliveredbybyLord LordLaming Laming- a- apatron patron ofofthe thecharity. charity. The The aim aimofofthe theevent eventwas wastotofocus focus onon the the growing growing challenges challenges ofof safeguarding safeguarding children children and and young young people peopleacross acrossborders, borders,asaswell well asas totohelp helppromote promotesocial socialwork workasasa a profession. profession. The Thelecture lecturewas wasentitled entitled ‘Where ‘Wherewere were you youon... on... ’ and ’ andtouched touchedononthe the Victoria Victoria Climbie Climbiecase caseofof1998 1998totohighlight highlightthe the measures measuresprofessionals professionalscan cantake taketoto ensure ensurethat thatevery everychild childis isproperly properly protected. protected.

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transparently transparentlywhat whatthe theconcerns concerns are, are,what whatactions actionswill willbebetaken, taken, what whatthings thingsmust mustchange changeand and bybywhen whenand andwhat whatwill willhappen happenif if they theydon’t. don’t. The The lecture lecture was was thought thought provoking provokingand andstimulating. stimulating. It It encouraged encouragedprofessionals professionalsacross across allallsectors sectorstotowork worktogether togetherforfor the theprotection protectionofofchildren childrenininour our society. society. CFAB CFABwould wouldlike liketotooffer offerheartfelt heartfelt thanks thankstotoLord LordLaming Lamingforforgiving giving our ourinaugural inaugurallecture lectureand andtotoLord Lord Justice JusticeThorpe Thorpeand andAlex AlexVerdan Verdan QC QC forfor participating participating inin the the plenary plenary session sessionafterwards. afterwards. If Ifyou youwould wouldlike liketotoread readthe thefull full transcript transcriptofofthis thislecture lecturethen then please please visit visit the the professional professional resources resourcessection sectionofofour ourwebsite: website:

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Pro-Am Golf Tournament swings in with £92,000 for CFAB

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he bi-annual CFAB Golf Tournament took place at the magnificent Stoke Park Club, Buckinghamshire on Monday

24th May 2010. The focus of the day was to raise money for the charity’s work in the field of international child protection Lady professionals joined teams from organisations including Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Julius Baer to name but a few and of course our sponsors, Credit Suisse, to battle it out on one of the most challenging courses in the country. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day weather wise.

A competitive round of golf was followed by a champagne reception and gala dinner with entertainment featuring a fantastic magician and caricaturist. There were prizes for the top teams, as well as many other prizes for individual triumphs. Fundraising on the evening was a storming success and Steve Rider ensured that a lively auction made a considerable contribution to the total raised. The raffle was also extremely popular due to the fantastic prizes on offer. We were very honoured to have The

the likes of Picasso, Chagall and Dali. The generosity of all those in attendance resulted in the day raising over £90,000 for the charity making this the most successful year since the event began a decade ago. CFAB would like to sincerely thank Dr Sattaripour and Suzanne Harding, the organising committee and all those who contributed to arranging such a memorable event.

Broad Gallery with us once again showcasing some of their most stunning art masterpieces from

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n nthe the11th 11thand and12th 12thMay May2010 2010CFAB CFABhosted hostedit’sit’sunique uniqueannual annual International International World World Market Market inin Kensington Kensington Town Town Hall. Hall.This This year year over over £75,000 £75,000 was was raised raised which which is is a fantastic a fantastic achievement achievement and and will will gogo directly directly totohelping helpingchildren childrenwho whohave havebeen beenseparated separatedfrom fromtheir theirfamilies familiesacross across borders. borders. Representatives Representativesfrom fromover over8080ofofLondon’s London’sDiplomatic DiplomaticMissions Missionshosted hosted stalls stallsselling sellingproducts productsthat thatare areunique uniquetototheir theircountry countryincluding includinghand hand made madecrafts, crafts,jewellery, jewellery,clothing clothingand andaccessories accessoriesasaswell wellasasdelicious delicious international international cuisine cuisinefrom from around around the the world. world.From From hand hand crafted crafted hats hats and and hand handmade madenecklaces necklacestotomargaritas margaritasand andspicy spicypupusas, pupusas,there therereally reallywas was something something forfor everyone! everyone! The The World World Market Market was was filled filled with with dynamic dynamic entertainment entertainment provided provided byby the the energetic energeticAngolan Angolandrummers, drummers,traditional traditionalMexican MexicanMariachi Mariachiband, band,Fijian Fijian warriors warriorsand andstunning stunningperformances performancesfrom fromSriSriLanka, Lanka,Macedonia Macedoniaand and Myanmar. Myanmar.Guests Guestsalso alsohad hadthe theopportunity opportunitytotowin winsuperb superbprizes prizesininthe the raffle, raffle, tombola tombola and and silent silent auction auction including including hotel hotel stays, stays, restaurant restaurant visits, visits, international internationalflights flightsand andsports sportsmemorabilia. memorabilia.The Thewinning winningraffle raffleticket ticket numbers numbers can can bebe found found onon our our website website atat www.cfab.uk.net. www.cfab.uk.net.CFAB CFAB would would like like toto sincerely sincerely thank thank allall who who donated donated such such wonderful wonderful prizes prizes this this year. year. We We were were also also honoured honoured toto have have our our patron patron HRH HRH Princess Princess Alexandra Alexandra attend attend the theWorld WorldMarket. Market.She Shethanked thankedallallthe thestall stallholders holdersand andalso alsopurchased purchased quite quite a few a few items! items! CFAB CFABwould wouldlike liketotoextend extendour ourwarmest warmestthanks thankstotoallallthe thecountries countrieswho who particpated particpatedthis thisyear yearand andtotothe theCommittee, Committee,Heather HeatherStarkey StarkeyChairman, Chairman, Carmen Carmen Davies, Davies,Pauline Pauline Sieler, Sieler, Caroline Caroline Stephens, Stephens, Judy Judy Chilton Chilton and and allall the the volunteers, volunteers, forfor allall their their help help and and efforts efforts inin making making this this year year such such a great a great success. success. The The World WorldMarket Market Thank Thank You YouParty Partywas washosted hostedonon1st1stJune Juneatatthe theHyatt Hyatt Regency Regency Hotel Hotel where where CFAB CFAB was was able able toto extend extend itsits heartfelt heartfelt thanks thanks toto allall the thecountries countrieswho whoparticipated participatedand andcontinue continuetotososokindly kindlysupport supportour our cause. cause.We We look look forward forward toto preparing preparing forfor the the 52nd 52nd World World Market Market inin May May 2011. 2011. Please Please dodo get get inin touch touch if you if you are are able able toto donate donate any any raffle raffle prizes prizes oror volunteer. volunteer.

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Private PrivateFostering FosteringCampaign Campaign AA privately privately fostered fostered child child is is defined defined asas aa child child under under the the age ageofof1616(18 (18if ifdisabled) disabled)that thatis iscared caredfor forbybysomeone someone other other than than a parent, a parent, guardian guardian oror close close relative, relative, asas defined defined inin section section 105 105 ofof the the Children Children Act Act 1989. 1989. There There is is a requirement a requirement forfor the the carer carer toto notify notify the the Local Local Authority Authority which which must must check check the thesuitability suitabilityofofthe theprivate privatefoster fostercarers carersand andmake makeregular regular visits visits toto the the child. child. AtAt CFAB, CFAB, wewe receive receive referrals referrals forfor children children who who are are living living inin such such arrangements arrangements and and need need toto return return home, home, either either because because they they have havesuffered sufferedabuse abuseorortheir theirprivate privatefostering fosteringarrangement arrangement has has broken broken down. down.

understanding understanding ofof the the laws laws and and systems systems inin the the UK, UK, oror where where toto gogo forfor help. help. CFAB CFABhas hasrecently recentlybegun begunananawareness awarenessraising raisingcampaign, campaign, supported supportedbybymany manypartners partnerstotoimprove improvethe thearrangements arrangements forforchildren childrenfrom fromoverseas overseaswho whoare areliving livingwith withsomebody somebody else else here here inin the the UK. UK. CFAB CFABwill willhold holda aPrivate PrivateFostering FosteringSymposium Symposiumopened openedbybyLord Lord Laming Laming onon 28th 28th October October 2010 2010 at at Friends Friends House, House, London London forfor allall parties parties interested interestedininfinding findinga aworkable workablealternative alternativetotothe thecurrent current private private fostering fostering regulations. regulations. We We will will campaign campaign toto ensure ensure that that the theGovernment Governmentwill willtake takethe thenecessary necessarysteps stepstotosafeguard safeguard this this vulnerable vulnerable group group ofof children. children.

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CFAB’s CFAB’sCEO, CEO,Andy AndyElvin, Elvin,recently recently presented presentedatatthe thefirst firstannual annual International International Social Social Work Work conference conference inin Hong Hong Kong. Kong. Social Social work work practitioners, practitioners, academics academics and and government government officials officialsfrom fromaround aroundthe theworld world gathered gathered toto discuss discuss current current issues issues ininsocial socialwork. work.Delegates Delegateswere were able abletotopromote promotetheir theirview viewthat that international internationalsocial socialwork workissues issues should shouldbecome becomea asetsetmodule moduleonon allallpre preand andpost postqualifying qualifyingsocial social work work courses courses worldwide. worldwide. Andy Elvin Elvin with with members members of of thethe ISSISS Network Network and and anan ISSISS Hong Hong Kong Kong Family Family Centre Centre MrMr Elvin Elvin was was joined joined byby Andy International International Social Social Service Service network network colleagues colleagues from from China, China, Australia, Australia, USA USA and and Switzerland Switzerland inin presenting presenting a workshop a workshop ononthe theissues issuesfaced facedbybychildren childrenmoving movingacross acrossborders. borders.The Theworkshop workshopfocused focusedononplacement placementwith withfamily familymembers members overseas, overseas, unaccompanied unaccompanied asylum asylum seekers seekers and and successful successful returners returners programmes, programmes, mediation mediation inin family family breakdown breakdown and and abduction abduction cases cases and and the the work work ofof the the ISSISS network. network.

The The workshop workshop attracted attracted a good a good deal deal ofof interest interest and and wewe made made excellent excellent contacts contacts with with colleagues colleagues from from the the Philippines, Philippines, India, India, Northern Northern Iraq Iraq (Kurdistan) (Kurdistan) and and Taiwan Taiwan which which should should strengthen strengthen the the work work wewe dodo with with these these countries. countries. Whilst Whilstthere thereMrMrElvin Elvinalso alsohad hadthe theopportunity opportunitytotosee seethe theexcellent excellentwork workofofISSISSHong HongKong, Kong,especially especiallythe thework workthey they undertake undertake with with asylum asylum seekers seekers from from overseas overseas and and migrants migrants from from mainland mainland China. China. Over Over 3,500 3,500 professionals professionals attended attended the the conference conference and and the the second second such such conference conference will will bebe held held inin Stockholm Stockholm inin 2012. 2012.For For more more information information please please visit visit http://www.swsd2010.org/en/index.html http://www.swsd2010.org/en/index.html

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