Child Abduction is the act of taking a child away from their family, carer or person who has lawful control of the child without consent or lawful jurisdiction. Abduction can happen when a child is taken away, sent away or detained.
Child Abduction can be committed by parents or other Family members, by people known but not related to the victims such as neighbours, friends and acquaintances; and by strangers.
Not all abductions are reported to the Police. Those which are recorded as a crime. An offence of Child Abduction can be recorded by Police forces in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, though only when the victim is younger than 16 years old. Other abductions like incidents may be recorded as kidnapping (in England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
For further information and advice on these issues contact the Ringrose Law family team at one of our offices in Boston, Grantham, Lincoln, Sleaford, Spalding & Newark or call Nichola on 01529 301300.