Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT) has set up the UK Child Abduction Hub; an online information centre for anyone concerned about the issue of abduction. The UK Child Abduction Hub has been made possible thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
There are roughly three to four attempted abductions and kidnappings every week in the UK. Understandably, these can cause real concern in communities affected. The UK Child Abduction Hub helps parents and carers understand the risks, and gives them up-to-date advice on prevention.
Some UK child abduction statistics:
- In 2013/14 police in England and Wales recorded 569 offences of child abduction and police in Northern Ireland recorded 40 offences.
- We estimate that approximately 200 attempted abductions by a stranger are recorded by police in the UK each year.
- Approximately 50 abductions result in a child being taken away by a stranger each year, some resulting in a sexual assault.
- International parental child abduction has increased considerably over the last decade, with agencies now recorded more than 500 new cases each year.
CONCERN FOLLOWING RISE IN CHILD ABDUCTION CASES PRESS RELEASE:
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