Tuesday, January 8, 2013
This article discusses the 88% rise in parental child abduction cases the Foreign Office has seen in the last ten years. The Office has also seen a rise in the number of countries reporting these cases, leading them to consider it a worldwide issue. They also believe understanding of the topic is alarmingly low, with research showing about a quarter of people in the UK "do not think, or are unaware, that it is a crime for a parent to take their child overseas without the consent of others with parental responsibility." The majority of those cases taken on by the Foreign Office deal with mothers taking the child, although the general population believes fathers would be more likely to engage in this act. The article stresses the importance of increasing public awareness about this issue.
Read more here.