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Reunite sees a large increase in the use of its prevention service

Charity plans to develop its outreach programme

The advice line statistics of reunite, the charity specialising in international child abduction advice, for the first half of this year show a 36% increase in the number of enquiries relating to prevention measures.

Sharon Cooke, Advice Line Manager, said:

"Over the last few months we have focused on raising awareness of parental child abduction and prevention of abduction. Our outreach work has been crucial in reaching parents in the regions and ensuring they are supported and informed about the steps they can take to reduce the risk of abduction. We will be further developing our outreach work programme over the coming months."

Alison Shalaby, Acting Director, added:

"Parental child abduction causes real harm to children and so it is encouraging to see an increasing number of parents contacting us for information to help safeguard their children."