The Child Abduction Unit

The Child Abduction Unit lies in the Ministry for Children and Social Affairs. The unit handles all cases on child abduction to and from Denmark.

If you share custody of the child and believe the other parent has removed your joint child from the country or is wrongfully keeping your child abroad, you can contact the Child Abduction Unit, regardless of the country to which your child has been abducted. 

The Child Abduction Unit can be contacted at: +45 40 50 50 26.

Outside opening hours the phone number can be used in urgent situations, where your child is about to leave Denmark.

The Child Abduction Unit offers various forms of help, including:

  • Help you bring proceedings to secure the return of your child
  • Provide guidance about the proceedings and the options available to you
  • Coordinate administrative procedures with other Danish and foreign authorities

If you bring proceedings to secure the return of your child from both conventions countries and non-conventions countries, the Child Abduction Unit will always ask you to a personal meeting to ensure you receive swift, competent guidance. Naturally, you are welcome to bring a lawyer or other representative to the meeting.


The Ministry as the Central Authority

All countries which have acceded to the Hague Convention of 1980, Hague Convention of 1996 and the European Convention must appoint a central authority. The Ministry for Children and Social Affairs has been appointed the Danish Central Authority.

The central authorities have various general tasks and duties related to the handling of child abduction cases.


General tasks

The Ministry for Children and Social Affairs is obliged to ensure that Denmark observes the conventions. For example, we must transmit an application received from another convention country to the correct authority if the conditions listed in the conventions have been met.

According to the conventions, Denmark is obliged to return children who have been brought to Denmark wrongfully from other convention countries.

Additionally, we are obliged to give the other central authorities information about Danish legislation.


Specific tasks

The Ministry must receive and transmit specific applications for the return of children under the conventions, and we must facilitate the contact between the authorities and the parties in the involved countries on a continuous basis.

One of our duties is to find out where the child is located and work out an amicable solution. In these situations, we can obtain assistance from the police and the courts.