Child abduction - the facts

A new purpose-built website providing crucial information and advice on all types of child abduction is launched today by the charity Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT), with support from the National Crime Agency's CEOP command.

The Child Abduction Hub at is aimed at parents and professionals, and will address some of the myths associated with child abduction, whether linked to strangers, family friends or a parent, and make available practical, common sense advice and guidance.

The creation of the hub follows the joint PACT and CEOP report Taken - A study of child abductions in the UK, published in May 2013. It concluded there was a need to revamp out of date 'stranger danger' warnings, after findings showed that in 42 per cent of police reports studied, the abductor or would-be abductor was not known to the child.

The facts

  • Over four-fifths of completed abductions recorded by the police involve a perpetrator known to the victim.
  • Many incidents - including abductions by a parent, someone known to the victim and strangers - are not reported to the police.
  • One fifth of child abductions recorded by the police are committed by a parent or other family member.
  • Nearly one third of these are cases of international parental child abduction.

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The new website comes in the same month as the re-launch of the Child Rescue Alert, a joint initiative between the National Crime Agency, the charity Missing People and communication expert Groupcall.

The Child Abduction Hub and the Child Rescue Alert are two sides of the same strategy: the hub deals with the prevention of child abduction and the alerts focus on the rescue of abducted children.

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