Project information

Reuniting families in Bangladesh and the UK

Our project will build the capacity of our partner organisation in Bangladesh, Shobujer Ovijan Foundation (SOF), improving their ability to resolve inter-country casework involving vulnerable children moving between the UK and Bangladesh.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB)

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  • Need

    Need

    Every year, half of UK local authorities ask CFAB to arrange a kinship assessment of relatives overseas, which is essential to reuniting a child with their family. However, in Bangladesh we cannot ensure assessments can be obtained quickly enough or to the standard required by UK courts, resulting in too many children remaining in local authority care. We therefore need to develop the capacity of our partner to increase the number of children in the UK who could be placed with relatives there.

    Solution

    By building the capacity of our partner in Bangladesh, we will increase our collective ability to reunite children moving between Bangladesh and the UK with their families. CFAB will support SOF via:
    • Online and face-to-face mentoring to enable SOF people to grow and develop.
    • Training in implementing international standards, e.g. UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
    • Establishing quality systems for monitoring and supervision.
    • Strengthening leadership and strategy.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve SOF’s understanding of social work practice in the UK and the requirements of UK courts


    Activities

    » Series of teleconferences assess development needs of SOF staff and agree solutions and implementation plan
    » Training in introduction to UK process, laws and challenges
    » 'Train the trainer' sessions for SOF staff so participants can cascade learning to their colleagues

    What success will look like

    SOF has integrated the requirements of UK courts and authorities throughout its work on inter-country cases involving children moving between Bangladesh and the UK.


    Aim 2

    Improve SOF’s kinship assessment skills and ability to give evidence in UK and Bangladesh courts


    Activities

    » Series of teleconferences assess development needs of SOF staff and agree solutions and implementation plan
    » Training in conducting kinship assessments for UK courts and authorities inc. analytical skills; report writing; data collection; and giving evidence

    What success will look like

    Kinship assessments prepared by SOF are of a higher quality and are accepted by UK courts and local authorities. SOF staff are more confident in giving evidence in court.


    Aim 3

    Extend SOF’s impact more widely, e.g. increasing their ability to advocate for children’s rights


    Activities

    » Develop fact sheets and templates that SOF staff can use in their wider work to improve the lives women and children

    What success will look like

    SOF staff say they are better able to advocate for children's rights approach in daily life and professional practice.
    Greater leadership role in advocating for children's rights.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will enable CFAB and SOF to effectively collaborate to explore whether child victims of trafficking discovered in Europe can be safely returned to their families or live with relatives in another country. As a result:

    • More children will be removed from traumatic situations and reunited with relatives living overseas.
    • Professionals working with children will have a better understanding of international child reunification challenges and options.

    Risk

    There is a risk that the training and support does not take account of the specific requirements of SOF or the context of Bangladesh. We have addressed this by conducting a thorough needs analysis to inform subsequent work and by drawing on our experience of capacity building work in other countries.

    Reporting

    Donors will receive a final report that explains:
    • What we delivered
    • The difference we made (no. of children reunited, how many frontline workers feel more confident doing their work)
    • What we learnt (what went well or not so well, what trends emerged)
    • What we plan to do next

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £28,640

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,300 Project preparation Needs analysis and initial field visit
      £3,640 Travel Between UK and Bangladesh for 2 people
      £1,500 Accommodation Delivery of training in Bangladesh
      £400 Subsistence Delivery of training in Bangladesh
      £3,600 Evaluation Evaluation of project and final report
      £2,500 Project mangement Project management in UK
      £3,500 Overheads Contribution to CFAB overheads - office, premises etc
      £7,200 Training Delivery of Training to SOF in Bangladesh
  • Background

    Location

    The project will take place in Bangladesh, one of many countries from which the EU is particularly vulnerable to human trafficking, and specifically in the central Dhaka, Gazipur, Manikganj, Narayangani, Moulvibazar, Munshiganj and Shariatpur districts.

    Half of all children in Bangladesh grow up in the most abject poverty, which is commonly accepted - along with gender discrimination, lack of education and conflict - as one of the most important root causes of trafficking.

    Beneficiaries

    Our project will benefit:

    Children in care in the UK who have the opportunity to live with relatives in Bangladesh.

    Children trafficked from Bangladesh into the UK whose family circumstances and options need to be assessed before they are able to return safely.

    SOF staff who will become more aware and have a better understanding of international child protection issues, challenges and options.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our work is informed by 60 years’ experience of reuniting families across international borders and delivered by experienced inter-country social workers.

    We are the UK’s only member of the International Social Service network with partners in over 130 countries.

    The project builds on similar work that CFAB has completed with partners in Jamaica, Nigeria and Pakistan, which significantly increased the number of cases involving children moving between the UK and these countries.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    CFAB's Social Work Team

    Members of the team will design and deliver training, mentoring and support to our partner in Bangladesh

    Shobujer Ovijan Foundation

    SOF is our International Social Service partner in Bangladesh with whom we work to identify and protect children moving between Bangladesh and the UK