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INTERNATIONAL CHILD ABDUCTION THE EFFECTS1

INTRODUCTION

Background

The reunite report on the Outcomes for Children Returned Following An Abduction 2 (“the outcomes report”) was the culmination of the second stage of the research project being undertaken by the reunite Research Unit into the outcomes for children who had been subject to an abduction and had subsequently been returned.3 In “the outcomes report” the question of including child interviews within the scope of that project was addressed and rejected for the reasons explained therein;4 nonetheless, reunite remained committed to the need

to know about the child’s abduction experience perspective. reunite’s ethical guidelines made

from the child’s it imperative to

who

were not

field,

but who

undertake such work in partnership with those only properly qualified and experienced in this

also shared reunite’s provision possible for

fundamental aim the families caught

of up

making the best in the emotional

storm that welcomed

these matters often the involvement of

produce. We, therefore, greatly John Mellor and Nicky Hale of

1 This research project was undertaken by reunite’s Research Unit and was led by Marilyn Freeman, Head of the reunite Research Unit and Senior Family Law Lecturer at London Metropolitan University, who is the author of this Report. Particular appreciation is expressed to Henry Setright Q.C. for his much valued comments and guidance on an earlier draft.

2 3 September 2003, see www.reunite.org The third and final stage is to be a global examination of the issue which has been largely restricted to date to cases where the child(ren) concerned has “ended up” in a European jurisdiction, although a small sample of South Australian cases was included within the “outcomes” study by way of comparative data, see “outcomes report”.

4

See Methodology, “the outcomes report”, 4.

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