Talk to us for immediate advice. It is also important to take practical steps as well as legal ones. If you believe there is a real and imminent risk of your child being abducted, make sure you have their passport and ensure you know who your child is with each day so they cannot be removed from that person’s care without your permission. If your partner has parental responsibility then they have a right to exercise this ‒ therefore the best precaution is seeking a ‘prohibited steps order’ from the Court and having a port alert in place. This should highlight to the UK Passport agency where a child should not be removed. Another precaution is to have a caveat marked on the child’s passport in case a duplicate is sought. Other helpful information can be found on the Reunite website, a specialist child abduction based charity at http://www.reunite.org.

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