On December 27th 2011 Naomi Button's four-year-old daughter Elsa was abducted by her Egyptian-born father Tamer Salama in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheikh on a family holiday.
Refusing to comply with court orders to return Elsa to her mother, Tamer remains behind bars in England. Naomi joins us now alongside her lawyer, expert in child abduction law, Kate Banerjee to make a heartfelt plea to the public to come forward with any information that may help her locate Elsa.
APPEAL: Anyone with information about Elsa, who has dark, wavy hair, blue eyes and who usually wears glasses, should ring the following numbers: within the UK dial 101 and ask to speak to Leeds District Safeguarding Unit at West Yorkshire Police and if dialling from outside the UK the number is 00 44 192 437 5222.
TOP TIPS: Naomi's lawyer, Kate Banerjee, specialises in child protection law and is a Member of the Child Care Panel with experience representing parents, guardians, Local Authorities and children. If you are concerned that your child may be at risk, Kate suggests some preventative steps to consider:
- Apply to the Court for a Prohibited Steps Order (PSO); this prevents either parent from taking their children to any specific events or any trips without the express permission of the other parent.
- Ensure that contact is supervised and in extreme cases, you may wish to stop contact altogether
- Keep passports safe and consider depositing them with a solicitor
- Contact the Passport Agency and ask them to block the other parent from applying for a new passport
- Notify the school about who is allowed to collect your child from school
- If you receive a threat of child abduction or if your child has been abducted: Contact the police immediately who can issue a port alert to airports and ferry terminals - A recent photo of your child and the other parent and details of the airport or destination you think they may be heading to will help the police to focus their search.
- Contact Reunite, the UK's International Child Abduction Charity which operates a 24 hour emergency helpline 0116 2556234
- Seek legal advice immediately