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International child abduction helplines

You should contact your local police station if your child has been taken overseas without your consent or if you fear your child will be abducted. For more information consult our helplines.

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Tel: 020 7008 1500

Child abduction

We understand the huge distress that parental child abduction and residence (custody) and contact (access) disputes overseas can cause to all those involved. Our Child Abduction Section assists British and dual British nationals affected by these issues.

Reunite International

Advice Line: 01162 556 234


We are the leading UK charity specialising in international parental child abduction. We understand the difficult issues surrounding international parental child abduction, and we can offer you practical, impartial advice, information and support through our specialist advice line.

Action Against Abduction


Every year hundreds of thousands of children around the world go missing or are abducted. Some are forcibly separated from one parent by the other. Some are abused and others simply disappear, never to be found again. Action Against Abduction was created to help ensure the protection of these children and provide on-line advice and support to victims and their families.

Child Rescue Alert


If your child went missing wouldn’t you want the world to stop and look for them? A Child Rescue Alert is activated when a child is known to have been abducted or their life is believed to be at immediate risk. Every second counts and your support is vital. Child Rescue Alert is the responsibility of CEOP, a command of the National Crime Agency (NCA). It is managed in partnership with the charity, Missing People, which is responsible for its promotion and operation, and also with Groupcall which provides the subscription website and the underlying alerting software.

Missing Kids

If you have any information on the whereabouts of a missing child, please contact: 116 000


The UK Missing Kids Website is a unique, state-of-the art tool designed to help the police recover missing and abducted children. It is a partnership between the Police, charities, and the private sector.

MATCH (Mothers Apart from Their Children)


MATCH is a charity that offers non-judgemental support and information to mothers apart from their children in a wide variety of circumstances. Our members include those who are sharing parenting and those who have little or no contact. We believe that children have a basic human right to continue to be part of a loving, nurturing family network for life, no matter how many times that family re-makes itself, no matter where their mothers live.

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