News

04
Jul

Action Against Abduction joins AMBER Alert Europe

Today, Action Against Abduction joined AMBER Alert Europe, an international not for profit organisation with 23 members (law enforcement, ministries & NGOs) in 16 countries. AMBER Alert Europe connects citizens with...
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29
Jun

Sarah-Cecilie film screened in European Parliament

On June 29, Lady Catherine Meyer presented our new documentary Sarah-Cecilie to an audience at the European Parliament. The event was organised by Missing Children Europe. The film highlights the life-long...
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01
May

New Chief Executive takes the helm

Today, Geoff Newiss takes up the post of Chief Executive of Action Against Abduction. Geoff has worked with the charity for over a decade, leading on two major pieces of...
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24
Feb

Lady Catherine Meyer receives Children’s Hero Award

On 24 February Lady Catherine Meyer, CEO of Action Against Abduction, was presented with the Children’s Hero award, by Sir Bob Geldof. The award was made as part of the...
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07
Feb

Geoff Newiss features in ‘Stranger Danger’ radio documentary

Geoff Newiss, our Director of Research, spoke at length in this BBC Radio Scotland documentary about ‘Stranger Danger’. Part of the ‘Real-Life Parenting’ series, presenter Shelley Jofre remembers the public...
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28
Jan

Article by Geoff Newiss in The Scotsman

  Geoff Newiss, our researcher, who recently published the report on child abduction figures, has been published in the Scotsman, commenting on the difficulty of obtaining accurate data on child...
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28
Jan

Action Against Abduction & Amber Alert in The Guardian

Action Against Abduction (Formerly PACT) campaigned for many years to have the Amber Alert system adopted in the UK. Finally in 2012 the Child Rescue Alert was introduced. In this...
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13
Dec

We have changed our name

On 15 December 2015, PACT (Parents and Abducted Children Together) changed its name to Action Against Abduction. We have been thinking of doing this for some time and feel that...
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13
Dec

Sarah Cecilie documentary

2015 draws to an end with significant advances across a broad front. Action Against Abduction (formerly PACT), has once again been able to punch above its weight, thanks in large...
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13
Dec

Research in 2015

2015 draws to an end with significant advances across a broad front. Action Against Abduction (formerly PACT), has once again been able to punch above its weight, thanks in large...
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26
Oct

Sarah-Cecilie featured in The Guardian

In a feature article in The Guardian journalist Eleanor Tucker talks to Sarah-Cecilie, the subject of our new documentary that looks at the experience of parental abduction and the profound...
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26
Oct

Official Première of our new documentary film at Portcullis House

On 21 October 2015, thanks to the sponsorship of Nicola Blackwood MP, PACT hosted the screening of its latest documentary film, “Sarah Cecilie” at the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House. Our guest speaker, The...
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20
Oct

Catherine Meyer appearing on London Live

This evening (Tuesday 20 October) Catherine Meyer will be appearing on London Live to discuss PACT’s new documentary with Luke Blackall. PACT’s latest documentary film examines the effects of abduction from...
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07
Aug

PACT’s new film “Sarah-Cecilie” officially launched on 21st October

  PACT’s latest documentary film examines the effects of abduction from the point of view of the child and the two estranged estranged parents. Click here for a four minute...
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27
Jul

Police-recorded child abductions increasing

PACT wants to establish why police-recorded child abduction offences are increasing Last week – on our Child Abduction Hub site – we reported that, according to the latest crime statistics...
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27
Jul

Parental Child Abduction: The Long-Term Effects

“This small-scale qualitative study was undertaken to investigate the lived experiences of those who were abducted many years earlier. The aim was to learn whether, and how, in the views...
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26
Feb

NEW: The Home Office partners with PACT (Parents and Abducted Children Together) to raise awareness of international parental child abductions

From March, all new British passports will be issued with an ‘important information’ leaflet that provides essential guidance on protecting your passport from the threat of traffickers and the vital...
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22
Feb

NEW: Police-recorded child abduction and kidnapping figures

Police-recorded child abduction and kidnapping 2012/13 to 2013/14 England, Wales and Northern Ireland. On Sunday 22 February 2015 PACT launched its latest report on police recorded child abduction and kidnapping...
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20
May

Launch of Child Abduction Hub, 20th May 2014

The abductions of April Jones and Madeleine McCann attracted enormous media and public interest. But, for every high-profile case, there are hundreds of child abductions or attempted abductions that pass...
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20
May

The Home Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May, launches PACT initiative

To mark the 2014 International Missing Children’s Day, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, unveiled at a reception in the House of Lords in May two major initiatives to protect children...
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20
May

PACT receives grant from City Bridge Trust

Our longstanding supporter, the City Bridge Trust, has awarded us a new grant of £60,000 over two years (£30,000 in 2014 and £30,000 in 2015) towards the establishment
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02
Apr

Launch of our Child Abduction Hub, supported by the National Crime Agency and the Home Office

The Child Abduction Hub, conceived and managed by PACT, is the UK’s first centre for information and research on all types of child abduction. The Child Abduction Hub was brought...
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30
Jan

PACT and Missing People share People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund For Child Abduction Hub

In 2014, out of 650 applicants, PACT and fellow-charity Missing People were joint winners of generous funding from the People’s Post Code Lottery Dream Fund for their Child Abduction Project....
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31
Oct

Geoff Newiss awarded Police Commendation

Geoff Newiss was awarded a Police Commendation for the quality of his research and the subsequent report, Taken.
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01
Feb

Lady Catherine Meyer Awarded CBE

Lady Catherine Meyer was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honour for her “services to children and families”.
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