Guidance

International parental child abduction

Guidance on what you can do and who to contact if your child has been taken or kept overseas by their other parent or a relative without your permission.

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If your child has been taken or kept overseas by their other parent or a relative without your permission, or if you are worried this might happen, this document will tell you what you can do and who to contact.

Published 30 August 2012
Last updated 10 May 2019 + show all updates
  1. Update to 'Contact the police' section: Police can contact National Border Targeting Centre and ask them to alert all UK points of departure to try to prevent the abduction. This initial remedy will remain live for 28 days and will allow you to seek legal advice.

  2. Updated guidance page in HTML format replacing previous PDF leaflet

  3. International child abduction leaflet updated - December 2013

  4. Updated attachments: child abduction and pakistan protocol leaflet, and international child abduction leaflet

  5. First published.