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New advice for local authorities for handling cross-border child protection cases

The 1996 Hague Convention - Departmental Advice: Section 1

This is advice from the Department for Education. The advice is non-statutory, and is designed to help local authorities when dealing with cross-border child protection cases under the 1996 Hague Convention1.

The 1996 Hague Convention ('the Convention') will be implemented in the UK on 1 November 2012. It provides an agreed set of legal provisions and cooperation arrangements to cover the handling of cross-border cases where children’s safety or welfare may be an issue. This advice sets out the key steps that local authorities can take to:

(a) ask for help or essential information from authorities abroad when dealing, for example, with a child from this country who is in need of support or protection; and  

(b) respond to similar requests put to them by authorities abroad.

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