Missing Children Publication Hub

The publications in this section contain the results of our research as well as curated research on topics and issues relevant to missing children in Europe and the world. Example of the type of research you can find are understanding the causes of the different types of missing children cases in Europe, policy on missing children, search and rescue operations and family support. The menu and submenu options below will help you find what you're looking for.

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44 item(s).
  • An exploratory study of residential child abduction: An examination of offender, victim and offense characteristics
    J Shelton, M Hilts, M MacKizer
    Child abduction is every parent and community's worst nightmare. Specifically, a child abducted from inside a residence can be a source of great panic and give the perception that the four walls of one's home offer little or no protection from offenders who ...
  • The role of central authorities in the application of the 1980 Hague Convention on child abduction: A critical analysis of a genuine area of public international law
    Dr. Kutlay TELLİ
    This article mainly intends to provide a roadmap for Central Authorities regarding the return requests within the meaning of the Hague Convention
  • The effectiveness of victim resistance strategies against stranger child abduction:an analysis of attempted and completed cases
    Karen Shalev Greene
    This article examines resistance strategies thought to reduce the likelihood that a child will be able to overcome an attempted stranger child abduction event.
  • The Hague Child Abduction Convention: A Critical Analysis
    Rhona Schuz
    Provides an up-to-date discussion of the international operation of the Abduction Convention together with in-depth critical academic analysis in light of the objectives of the Convention and other relevant legal norms, such as the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Examining 19 years of officially reported child abduction incidents (1995–2013): employing a four category typology of abduction
    Jeffrey A. Walsha, Jessie L. Krienerta, Cayla L. Comensa
    Child abduction has generated extensive media attention due to deep-seated fear elicited by infamous incidents. This study emphasizes differences across abductors/victims in a four category relationship-based typology, including a newer category – ‘intimate partner abductions’.
  • Commercial child sexual exploitation online
    Youtube video actors providing real statement s by a victim and an abuser, of child sexual abuse
  • International child abduction cases in Hungary: A comprehensive summary of statistics, legal framework and important case law
    Tamás Dezső Ziegler
    This article summarizes the background of child abduction cases related to Hungary, giving a comprehensive analysis of such cases between the period of 2000 and 2014.
  • Guidance for professionals working with children who may have been trafficked
    Guidance on how professionals should act when in contact with young children that been trafficked.
  • The wellbeing of children in cases of international child abduction
    Hilde Demarré
    Presentation ''The wellbeing of children in cases of international child abduction'' was delivered at the conference was organised by the School of Psychology, University of Liverpool, partnered with the Centre for the Study of Missing Persons at Portsmouth University and sponsored by WPC Software and the UK Missing Person’s Unit.
  • Missing Out: A study of child trafficking in the North-West, North-East and West Midlands
    Beddoe, C
    Interviews with social services, other agencies and voluntary sector organisations. Across the three regions there were 80 reported cases of known or suspected child victims of trafficking. 60% of these children have gone missing from social services care and have never been found.
  • Best practice for launching a cross-border child abduction alert
    Describes and documents, based on experiences in several Member States, the key elements of a "child abduction alert" mechanism.
    This paper describes a real-time system based on image processing algorithms by using Active Appearance Model technique for alignment process. The motivation of this research is the need for reducing children abduction cases.
  • The European Court of Human Rights and the Hague Child Abduction Convention: Prioritising Return or Reflection?
    Peter McEleavy
    This article analyses the Grand Chamber judgments in Neulinger and X v. Latvia and considers how compliance with Article 8 ECHR should be achieved in the application of the Hague Convention; prioritising return or reflection? In so doing it also reflects on whether a summary return mechanism can continue to accord with twenty-first century expectations and norms.
  • The European Court of Human Rights and the Hague Child Abduction Convention: Prioritising Return or Reflection?
    Peter McEleavy
    This article analyses the Grand Chamber judgments in Neulinger and X v. Latvia and considers how compliance with Article 8 ECHR should be achieved in the application of the Hague Convention; prioritising return or reflection?
  • International Parental Child Abduction and Mediation
    Nuria González Martín
    The goal of this article is, first, to analyze the operation of the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in the context of its Guide to Good Practice on Mediation to determine whether such guide will promote Mediation as a useful method for family conflict resolution in cases of international child abduction by one of the parents.
  • The Amber Alert: Appropriate solution to preventing child abduction?
    Zgoba, K.
    Outlines the history and activation process of the Amber Alert, as well as the challenges and advantages experienced by the agencies involved.
  • What about me? Coping with the abduction of a brother or sister
    US Department of Justice
    This publication is the effort of those who have lived the nightmare of losing a sister or brother. Eight siblings joined with the Office of Justice Programs to write this guide.
  • Cross-border parental child abduction
    Advice to international couples who separate and where one partner wishes to move to another European country.
  • Enlèvement parental international d'enfants
    Christine Guy-Ecabert, Elisabeth Volckrick
    Saisir le juge ou s'engager dans la médiation ?
  • International Child Abduction - The inadequacies of the Law - Thalia Kruger
    Thalia Kruger
    Sets the problem of child abduction within its international context. It looks at the families in which abductions took place, how preparations were made for an abduction, the quest for the return of the child (including legal proceedings), and the aftermath of the abductions.
  • My Child? Our Child! Prevention Guide International Child Abduction
    Hilde Demarré
    A guide intended to be a working tool for professionals who deal with international child abduction in their day-to-day practice. It helps detect a possible risk of international child abduction more quickly, to better assess an effective risk and to launch an appropriate assistance.
  • Family Mediation in International Family Conflicts
    Brunilda Pali & Sandra Voet
    Identifies data on potential informants and target groups of national and international training institutes, medication associations and trainers working in family mediation.
  • Guide to good practice Child Abduction Convention: Mediation
    This guide promotes good practices in mediation and other processes in international family disputes concerning children which fall within the scope of the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
  • Transfrontier contact concerning children. General Principles and a Guide to good practice
    Guide setting out principles & good practices regarding implementation & application on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, drawing attention to provisions in respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children & providing an overall model for constructing an international system of co-operation.
  • Guide to good practice Child Abduction Convention: Part IV - Enforcement
    Guide with sections on Measures available in the requested State, their content and the conditions for their application; Legal challenges; The effect of legal challenges on the enforceability of return orders; The enforcement procedure and the actors involved; Promoting voluntary compliance; The child; Co-operation among actors within the requested State; Cross-border co-operation to ensure safe return; Training and education
  • Guide to good practice Child Abduction Convention: Part III - Preventive Measures
    Deals with preventive measures. Preventing abduction is a key aim of the 1980 Convention and it is widely acknowledged that it is better to prevent abduction than to have to seek a child's return after abduction
  • Guide to good practice Child Abduction Convention: Part II - Implementing Measures
    Guide with sections on Key operating principles; The path to signature and ratification or accession; Methods of implementation; Central Authorities; Organisation of the courts; Legal procedural matters; Legal aid and assistance; Aids to interpretation; Facilitating acceptance of accessions.
  • Guide to good practice Child Abduction Convention: Part I - Central Authority Practice
    Guide with sections on Key operating principles; Establishing and consolidating the Central Authority; Abduction applications outgoing & incoming: role of the requesting Central Authority; Access applications: role of requesting and requested Central Authorities & other important functions and issues.
  • Explanatory Report on the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention
    Elisa Perez-Vera
    Report on the general characteristics of the Hague Conference on private international law
  • Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
    Scope of the convention; Central authorities; Return of Children; Rights of Access; General Provisions: Final Clauses;
  • Council Regulation (EC) N. 2201/2003 of 27 November 2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgements in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibilities
    Regulation EC2201/2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility
  • Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee on the Application of the Brussels IIa Regulation
    Report on on the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgements in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility
  • An evaluation of the long-term effectiveness of Mediation in cases of International Parental Child Abduction
    Trevor Buck
    This research attempts to fill an important gap in the critical research in this field by evaluating the long-term effectiveness of mediation in cases of international parental child abduction and the effectiveness of the agreements reached within mediation
  • International Child Abduction - The effects
    Marilyn Freeman
    This two-year research project considered the long and short term effects of international parental child abduction and included an investigation of the effects on the abducted child through child interviews conducted by senior CAFCASS officers
  • The outcomes for children returned following an abduction
    Marilyn Freeman
    The aim of this research was to investigate the outcome for children returned to a European destination following an abduction concentrating on the lived realities of the international abduction experience for the family members afflicted by it
  • Cross-border family mediation. International parental abduction, custody and access cases
    Christoph Paul & Sybille Kiesewetter
    This book wants to provide both work aids for practical activity and training materials for mediation training in cross-border conflicts involving parents and children.
  • Studies in private international law: Mediating International Child Abduction Cases: The Hague Convention
    Sarah Vigers
    What is meant by Convention mediation? How can a mediation process fit within the constraints of the Convention? Why offer mediation in Convention cases given the existing legal framework? This book addresses these questions and in so doing seeks to encourage enthusiasm about the use of mediation in the Convention context to greater practice
  • Reporter: A European divorce with children
    What happens to the kids when their parents, nationals of different EU states, go their separate ways? EuroparlTV examined the case of a French-German couple.
  • Cross-border parental child abduction in the European Union
    This study aims at analysing the international, European and national legal framework applicable to cross-border parental child abduction, with a view to proposing recommendations for the improvement of the current system.
  • Behind the Curtains of International Child Abduction Proceedings
    Anca Crihana, Anca-Raluca Sas & Tudor-Cristian Ciobanu
    Have you ever heard about parents abducting their own child to another country? A parent takes away his child from the other parent or he refuses to return the child. What about the child’s best interests? What does the child actually want? What is his/her perspective on the abduction? Is it important to hear the voice of the child? Should the judge give weight to his/her testimony?
  • The Need for Concentrated Jurisdiction in Handling Parental Child Abduction Cases in the United States
    Keelikolani Lee Ho
    Taking examples from the international community, this comment explores the arguments for and against changing jurisdiction in the United States. This comment also provides a discussion of judicial best practices and stresses the need to expedite the return of abducted children.
  • The European hotline number for missing children: A practical guide for hotline operators
    Missing Children Europe
    It contains key recommendations and examples of existing practices that every NGO running, or wishing to run, the 116000 hotline can draw inspiration from and make use of.
  • Stranger child abduction and guardianship: Accompaniment and surveillance in attempted and completed cases
    Craig J. R. Collie, Karen Shalev Greene
    he Routine Activity Theory construct of capable guardianship is used to examine the features of 78 cases of stranger child abduction, using an outcome-based approach to establishing the effectiveness of various potential sources of guardianship in preventing abduction attempts from becoming completed, and to test widely held and taught beliefs on this subject.
  • Unresolved Loss: Issues in Working with Adults Whose Siblings were Kidnapped Years Ago
    Geoffrey Greif, Duane T. Bowers
    This article describes the common issues raised by five adults (18-60 years old) whose siblings were kidnapped during their childhood or in early adulthood.