Child abduction—orders to locate and recover a child in the UK
Child abduction—orders to locate and recover a child in the UK

The following Family guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Child abduction—orders to locate and recover a child in the UK
  • Disclosure and location orders
  • Government organisations
  • Practice points
  • Other mechanisms of locating and recovering a child
  • Child abduction to other UK jurisdictions and the Isle of Man

This Practice Note is impacted by the exit of the UK from the EU on 31 January 2020. This has implications for practitioners, inter alia, when considering which courts have jurisdiction to determine a dispute. For guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—children proceedings. This Practice Note sets out the current position on orders to locate and recover a child in the UK.

This Practice Note sets out the steps that may be taken to obtain information to locate a child who has been abducted into this jurisdiction including by the obtaining of a location or disclosure order. It also details the various government agencies and other organisations to whom an information request may be made and the procedure to locate and recover a child together with other mechanisms of locating and recovering a child, for example under the provisions of the Family Law Act 1986 (FLA 1996). For practical guidance on child abduction proceedings generally, see Practice Notes:

  1. Child abduction—introduction and issuing proceedings (Hague Convention)

  2. Child abduction—procedure and evidence (Hague Convention)

A range of standard orders has been issued regarding child abduction proceedings, including a search and return order, see Practice Note: Standard orders—child abduction. See also Practice Note: Standard orders—disclosure as to standard orders regarding the disclosure of the whereabouts of a child.

Disclosure and location orders

If a child has been