How can I prevent child abduction?

How can I prevent child abduction?

If you think your child is at serious risk of being abducted it is important to take action as quickly as possible.

There are a number of things you can do to try and prevent it from happening:

  • a port alert
    Where there is an immediate risk, you can request the police to notify all UK ports and airports that someone may be attempting to abduct your child. How successful this is depends on how much information you can provide and how quickly it is done. The court can also order a port alert.
  • prohibited steps order
    We can request a prohibited steps order from the court preventing the other parent from taking your child out of the country, without your consent.
  • placing restrictions on contact
    We can seek more rigorous restrictions on any contact the other parent has with your child, such as insisting all visits are supervised.
  • security
    In cases where the child needs to travel but there is a concern that they will not be returned, it may be possible to obtain a form of security, such as a bond or a charge over property. This offers a financial incentive for the other parent not to breach the terms of your agreement.
  • surrender of the child and/or parent’s passport
    If your child already has a passport, or is mentioned on the passport of the other parent, we can apply to court for an order requesting that passport to be surrendered.
  • notifying the passport agency or embassy
    This can prevent any further, or new, passports being issued for your child. You can request this directly from the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) or, if required, we can apply for a court order.

Get in touch immediately

In all cases, it’s important to get legal help as quickly as possible, to make sure you take the most effective steps and follow the correct procedures. We can help you with all of the preventative measures available and can advise you on the most appropriate course of action.

We’re here 24 hours a day - call 0800 840 4929 during office hours or contact Vicki McLynn directly on 07920 596531 if it’s outside of normal working hours.

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