CFAB’s vision is of a world where the complexity of migration and international separation does not deny children in need the right to care, protection and a safe family environment. CFAB is the UK member of the International Social Service (ISS) – a network of social workers, lawyers and other child protection professionals and partners in over 130 countries.

Formed 90 years ago and headquartered in Geneva, the ISS is the only international network focussed on inter-country social work. In 2019, the ISS became an Accredited Commonwealth Organisation with CFAB as the representative body engaging with the Secretariat.

The ISS network gives us unrivalled access to expert, on-the-ground support which allows us to assess whether a child’s return to their home country is realistic and in their best interests. This is more appropriate and cost-effective than sending social workers from the UK to make family assessments overseas.