Are we protecting the rights of children whose families cross international borders?

Date: 12th February 2019
Category: Disability, Basic Health and Welfare, Civil Rights and Freedoms, Access to appropriate information, Family reunification, Care Experienced children, Protection from abuse or neglect, Family Environment and Alternative Care, Awareness-raising, Best interests of the child, Refugee , migrant and asylum-seeking children


Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) have created a factsheet for social workers and any professional protecting children on the impact Brexit may have on children and families who are crossing, or separated by, international boarders living in the UK.

In 2016, there were 679,000 European national children under the age of 18 living in the UK. The recording of nationality data for children looked after by local authorities is inconsistent so local authorities do not know which, or how many, children in their care will be affected by Brexit.  It is vital that local authorities are provided with clear guidance on how to support these children’s interests’ post-Brexit.

Read CFAB’s Brexit Factsheet here