Public understanding of child abduction is low, according to research commissioned by the FCO.
Half the UK population thinks the Government can intervene to ensure an abducted child is returned home, the research carried out by Censuswide showed.
But the reality is that, while help is available, parental child abduction cases can take years to resolve and there is a strong possibility that the child may never be returned, the FCO said.
It is also much harder to return a child from a country that has not signed the 1980 Hague Convention.
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