Social Work Without Borders: Update on Calais


“The Assessments undertaken in the Calais Camp were Best Interests Assessments which were designed by Social Workers Without Borders (formerly Social Work First).

The request to undertake these assessments was made by Duncan Lewis Solicitors, who were making a last ditch attempt to force the government to abide by the Dubs Amendment, and safeguard the children in the camp.

We do not require volunteers for Calais at present, due to the demolition which is taking place. However, what we need to do going forward is for volunteers to be involved in helping us establish Social Workers Without Borders as an international organisation of social workers, responding to refugee crises by ensuring that children do not just remain a statistic.

We want to know who they are, where they are and what is happening to them. We want to push governments to accept these assessments and meet the needs of these children. We also want to support those who are displaced by war and poverty and campaign for a humanitarian response as a basic right.

We are organising an online forum for these ideas and further projects to be developed, so we will continue to need social workers. We wish to continue to promote this radical professional activism.”

 For more information please visit:

SWWB facebook group here or email an enquiry to Lynn King at

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