Cross-border child protection cases: the 1996 Hague Convention

Departmental advice for local authorities dealing with international child protection cases.



This departmental advice is for:

  • local authority staff working with children and families
  • social workers
  • service managers
  • children’s services lawyers

It may also be useful for other agencies involved in decisions about children’s welfare, including voluntary sector organisations.

It relates to situations where contracting states need to co-operate over child protection and welfare cases when there is an international dimension.

This can include:

  • care proceedings
  • contact cases
  • foster placements abroad