Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) and BASW issue joint statement about implications of Brexit

Call to recognise and mitigate the risks of Brexit at IFSW European delegates meeting. (September 2019)

BASW statement on no deal Brexit bill and political future (5th September 2019) 

The Home Office has published new guidance on right to work checks for EU citizens and their family members post Brexit. (10th Sept 2019)

EU Settlement Scheme

There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

You and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK. The scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019. The Home Office have published a report and summary for the public beta test phase.

The Home Office has made up to £9 million available in funding which will be used to help organisations both inform vulnerable individuals about the need to apply for settled status and support them to complete their applications to protect their status as the UK exits the EU.

You can read about the rights and status of UK nationals living in the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

An interesting blog-study that looks at the system of forcing EU residents to apply for Settled Status by a deadline and how it can create problems is available here.  

UK Government links - EU Settlement Scheme

Health and social care

Children's Services

Issues facing children arising from Britain leaving the EU

In March2019 the Home Office produced guidance for Local Authorities and social care trusts on how to support looked after children and care leavers through the EU settlement scheme.

Local authorities have a responsibility to ensure that eligible children and young people in and leaving their care are able to make a successful application through the EUSS, as failing to do so would risk them becoming undocumented. But 1/3 of LAs don’t know how many children in their care qualify for the scheme, social workers who think that a child they are working with might need to go through EUSS must help that child access legal advice.

Without proper documentation children risk losing access to secondary health care services, being barred from accessing public funds, losing the right to work or rent property, learning to drive or hold a bank account. It is never in the best interest of a child or young person to become undocumented, and local authorities have a general safeguarding duty to ensure this does not occur.

Useful links

  • UK Children's Commissioners have written to the Govenment asking for assurances on issues facing children arising from Britain leaving the EU.
  • Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) have written a Brexit factsheet with advice for social workers protecting children across international borders.  They implore social workers to record nationality and citizenship where children are internationally connected, as early on as possible. You can read it here.

Five ways civil society organisations can prepare for EU exit

How civil society organisations can prepare for when the UK leaves the EU.