Children in Focus – Best Interests and Rights of the Child in Social Work across Borders
Since its foundation in 1930 as the German member of the International Social Service network, the ISD (Internationaler Sozialdienst), which today is Department I in the German Association for Public and Private Welfare (Deutscher Verein für öffentliche und private Fürsorge e.V.), has been concerned with the implications of migration for children and their families. Protecting children across borders, safeguarding their rights and strengthening and uniting families are the goals of the joint work, then as now. Embedded in the German Welfare Congress 2022, the ISD invites you to a conference to honour its 90th anniversary.
Families in migration are faced with specific challenges. When this stressful situation is further complicated by conflict situations regarding their children, the pressure on those affected is particularly high. But also professionals face special challenges in their work across national borders. A central problem area are cross-border conflicts over child custody, the right of access and child abduction. The migration movements of recent years have also raised new questions, e.g. how the best interests of the child can be taken into account in the context of refugees, deportation and voluntary return. Moreover, new developments such as reproductive medicine are resulting in new cross-border situations. In this regard, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Hague Conventions have had a significant impact on international cooperation in the interest of children.
The more complicated the situation, the greater the risk of losing sight of the individual child, his or her wishes and interests. The conference therefore places the focus on the child. Jointly with international speakers, current developments and challenges of cross-border social work will be discussed with a specific focus on children’s rights and the determination and safeguarding of the best interests of the child in a transnational context.
The conference languages are German and English with a simultaneous translation.