Family courts have a wide choice of instruments to prevent child abduction but without further policy reforms these will not always afford sufficient protection, says Amendeep Gill

The recent case of seven-year-old Reigh Sturrow Boss, allegedly abducted by her father, Clark Rockefeller during a contact visit supervised by a social worker, raises questions about the protection of children from abduction. Could such a scenario have been prevented, and, if not, what steps can the police and international authorities take to ensure a child is returned safely?

While it may be all but impossible to stop an abduction taking place, especially one, such as in Rockefeller, which was so well planned, there are preventive steps which can be taken.

A growing problem

The government does not compile official statistics on the scale of the problem. However, the charity Reunite, which ass...

Jean Yves

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