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'The wrongful separation of a child from its parent can have a devastating effect on all involved. An opportunity exists to introduce reforms that will modernise and simplify this area of law, and allow the courts to deal adequately and appropriately with offenders.The report, Simplification of Criminal Law: Kidnapping and Related Offences (Law Com No 355), is available to download here.
We know that at least 300 children a year are unlawfully retained overseas, and the problem is growing. Our recommendation will fill this clear gap in the law.'