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We are the leading UK charity specialising in the movement of children across international borders.
A Parent Walks Across Borders to Raise Awareness of International Parental Child Abduction
On 23rd August 2015, Steve Monk–Dalton will be walking from Orihuela Court, Spain to the Royal Court of Justice, London, England in order to increase awareness of parental child abduction.
All funds raised will be used to support our Advice Line which offers practical, impartial advice, information and support to all those affected by international parental child abduction. Last year alone the advice line managed more than 17,000 calls.
For those up to the challenge, it is also possible to join Steve on his impressive 1082 mile journey.
We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support and fundraising efforts that Steve Monk-Dalton dedicates to our charity.
If you would like to donate please visit Steve´s Just Giving page:
To join Steve or keep up to date with his travels please see the Walk Across Borders facebook page:
"More Awareness Needed of Cross-Border Legal Issues" says Senate Report
The Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights has been undertaking a study of the Hague Abductions Convention. Specifically, the committee was authorized to study: “international mechanisms toward improving cooperation in the settlement of cross-border family disputes, including Canada’s actions to encourage universal adherence to and compliance with the Hague Abductions Convention, and to strengthen cooperation with non-Hague State Parties with the purpose of upholding children’s best interests.”
(OTTAWA, July 24, 2015) Today, the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights tabled its report on the Hague Abduction Conventions and outlined seven recommendations. The report entitled Alert: Challenges and International Mechanisms to Address Cross-Border Child Abduction calls for a review of current approaches and an examination of ways to generate awareness of the Hague Abduction Convention among parents and other stakeholders, such as police, judges and lawyers. Public information should include details about the provisions of the Hague Abduction Convention, including a list of countries that are signatories, the risk of abduction and associated penalties whenever a passport is issued.
The Committee recommends the establishment of one or more task forces to improve coordination of programs and services for left-behind parents and explore options for greater cooperation in areas such as education, data collection and information sharing on international child abduction cases.
“International child abductions are very difficult situations for both parents and children. For left-behind parents, international child abduction cases invoke a complicated set of legal considerations, in addition to the psychological and emotional issues involved. Our report makes several recommendations that we hope will help to deter parents from abducting their children across international borders, facilitate the return of a child to the country of usual residence and make the process easier for left-behind parents.”
Senator Mobina Jaffer, Chair of the Committee
“Currently, Canada is actively engaged in dialogue with non–Hague countries through various means, including the Malta Process and its Working Party on Mediation, to promote greater mutual understanding and encourage wider ratification of the Hague Abduction Convention. We encourage Canada’s continued active role and support increased Parliamentary diplomacy on these issues.”
Senator Salma Ataullahjan, Deputy Chair of the Committee
3rd February 2016 Supreme Court Decision - In the matter of B (A child)
We are delighted with the judgement handed down today by the Supreme Court “In The Matter of B (A child)”. The decision has modernised family law’s treatment of separating families in a majority 3-2 judgement, which stops children being in a legal limbo when they are taken abroad by one of the parents. more >>
This week reunite has been intervening in a case before the Supreme Court which will consider the complex issues of habitual residence, the power of the English Court to make decisions about British nationals, and the definition of parenthood. more >>
In light of the on-going challenges faced by parents in having their children returned to Canada and enforcing access rights, on 2 December 2013, the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights agreed to study the issue of international child abductions, and the role of the Hague Abduction Convention and other international mechanisms in resolving these disputes. more >>