You are here

No happily ever after

A panel of specialist family mediators should be established to provide more support to abducted children, Professor Marilyn Freeman tells Catherine Baksi

31 March 2015

Parental child abduction has more than doubled in the last decade, with almost two children a day taken out of the UK against a court order or without the consent of one parent. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) figures show there were 580 new parental child abduction and international custody cases in 2012-13, up from 272 in 2003-04, though this figure is likely to be the tip of the iceberg.

Harmful effect

Despite its increasing prevalence, there is little understanding of the harmful effect on the children involved and an almost total absence
of appropriate support or follow-up after reunification. These are issues that Professor Marilyn Freeman, a barrister (non-practising)
at 4 Paper Buildings and expert in international
child abduction, highlights in a recent report
on the subject, and believes need addressing.

Freeman calls for a greater awareness among professionals, inclu...

Want to read on?

This article is part of our subscription-based access. Please pick one of the options below to continue.

Already registered? Login to access premium content

SUBSCRIBE for one User

Unlimited access to the entire SJ website for a full year for one user.

  • 10 issues a year delivered to you
  • Digital edition of the magazine for one user – sent to your inbox or accessible through the website
  • Access to premium content on the website
  • Access to the fully searchable online archive of Solicitors Journal, Managing Partner and Private Client Adviser, which spans over 13 years
  • Weekly email newsletter with all the latest news, analysis and features
  • Comment on SJ content and contribute to the SJ community online
  • Advanced search feature
  • Online support
  • Access to SJ app compatible with Android and Apple devices – coming soon!
  • 6 special focuses per year
  • Special offers and discounts on Solicitors Journal and IICJ events

Subscribe

CORPORATE SUBSCRIPTION

Your department or entire firm can subscribe to Solicitors Journal online, providing easy access for all who require it. Discount corporate subscription rates apply, based on number of users.

The Corporate IP Licence includes:

  • Digital copy of the magazine sent to individuals’ inboxes and accessible through the website. Solicitors Journal publishes 10 issues per year
  • Unlimited access to premium content on the website based on IP addresses
  • Unlimited access to the fully searchable online archive of Solicitors Journal, Managing Partner and Private Client Adviser, which spans over 13 years
  • Weekly email newsletter with all the latest news, analysis and features
  • Comment on SJ content and contribute to the SJ community online (username required)
  • Unlimited access to SJ app compatible with Android and Apple devices
  • 6 special focuses per year
  • Special offers and discounts on Solicitors Journal and IICJ events

The Corporate IP Licence is tailored to your firm, making it the most cost effective way for the firm to access Solicitors Journal, and enables the firm to remain compliant with copyright and our Terms and Conditions. This gives you the ability to print and circulate articles within the firm.

To enquire about a Corporate IP Licence for your firm, please contact our Subscriptions Manager on emily.beechey@solicitorsjournal.com.