Police-recorded child abduction and kidnapping published in 2018

Police-recorded child abduction and kidnapping 2016/17: England, Wales and Northern Ireland

This paper summarises findings from Action Against Abduction’s fifth Freedom of Information (FOI) data collection exercise with police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 39 (of 44) police forces provided all data requested; one force gave partial data. The key findings are:

  • The number of parental child abduction offences recorded by police increased by 10 per cent from 2015/16 to 2016/17 to a total of 221.
  • The number of non-parental child abduction offences recorded by police increased by 10 per cent from 2015/16 to 2016/17 to a total of 870.
  • Police recorded a total of 371 child kidnappings offences in 2016/17. Changes to the data collection procedure prohibit an accurate comparison with the previous year.