3. International parental child abduction
3.1 Current law
The main provisions of the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction are incorporated into the law of the UK jurisdictions by the Child Abduction and Custody Act 1985. All EU member states are party to the 1980 Hague Convention and use it with the UK. This provides a summary procedure for children wrongfully removed or retained away from their country of habitual residence to be returned there, so that long-term decisions about the future of the child can be made (abduction includes both wrongful removal and wrongful retention).
Members of the public whose child has been abducted out of Scotland should contact the Central Authority for Scotland for information on what action to take. If the member of the public believes their child is at risk of abduction in future from any part of the UK, they should contact the charity reunite International Child Abduction Centre for advice and information.
If they believe the child is being wrongfully removed from the UK and is on their way out of the country they should go at once to their nearest police station and ask for warning list action. They should also contact reunite International Child Abduction Centre.
For further information refer to:
- Child Abduction and Custody Act 1985
- Chapter 70 of the Court of Session Rules
- Reunite International on 0116 2556234.
Contact details for the Central Authority for Scotland
Telephone: 0131 244 0460
Address: Room GW-15
St Andrew's House
3.2 From the end of the transition period
The UK and EU member states will continue to use the 1980 Hague Convention in international child abduction cases between them.