Child abduction is the unauthorised removal or retention of a minor from a parent or anyone with legal responsibility for the child.
Child abduction can be committed by parents or other family members; by people known but not related to the victim, such as neighbours, friends and acquaintances; and by strangers.
¹ Newiss, G. and Traynor, M. (2013) Taken: A study of child abduction in the UK. London: Parents and Abducted Children Together and Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
² The Law Commission (2011) Simplification of Criminal Law: Kidnapping. Consultation Paper No. 200. London: The Law Commission.
³ Scottish Law Commission (1987) Child Abduction. Cm64. Edinburgh: Scottish Law Commission.