Social work solidarity with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.


Social Workers Without Borders is a registered charity. We offer voluntary support to asylum seekers, refugees and those impacted by borders, independently of Government and Local Authorities, using our social work skill and expertise. This allows us to develop our own criteria of involvement along with the purpose and direction of the support we provide, adhering to our professional ethics and values as laid down by our registering bodies and the International Federation of Social Workers.

To refer to our service please email We will acknowledge your email within 48 hours.

Please note we are not an emergency service - please contact your solicitor if you are worried about your asylum application, or the police or social services if you are concerned about the welfare of an adult or child.

What we can provide:

By supporting and mentoring our social work volunteers from across the UK, we provide pro-bono* Social Work Assessments for unaccompanied children, children and families facing removal from the UK, vulnerable adults facing removal from the UK and children with claims to Dublin III family reunification.  We receive referrals from Solicitors and then provide expert and tailored social work assessments of Needs and Best Interests and Article 8 Social Work Assessment. This can include visiting children elsewhere in Europe.

SWWB's Case Co-Ordinator's provide support and supervision to the pro bono Social Work volunteers, we provide close mentoring and reflective support to volunteers for the duration of the case, providing final review comments prior to submission of the Assessment.

Our aim is to continue to train and support social work volunteers in this specialised area of work, ultimately providing greater knowledge, skills and understanding which can assist social workers in our day to day practice. 

Those we support are provided with the access to an empathetic and advocacy based social work assessment of their needs and the impact of any infringement of their Human Rights.

*SWWB will also claim Legal Aid where this is available, which is used to subsidise the majority of our pro-bono work. 

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently engaging in a team training exercise until June 2019, this may consequently mean we have reduced capacity to undertake referrals during this period. However, the purpose of our team training is ultimately to increase our capacity to oversee social work volunteers co-ordinating and undertaking assessments. Thank you for your patience and we will continue to accept referrals where we can during this period.

Education and Campaigning


We are active in producing educational materials for social workers and promoting social work activism with refugees, asylum seekers and all those negatively affected by borders. 

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