Contact the Child Abduction Unit

If your child is about to leave Denmark without your consent, please call the police immediately at +45 114. The police has the power to physically prevent your child from being taken abroad.

If there is acute risk that your child  is about to leave Denmark  and you have  joint custody , and you  have already  contacted the police, you may call the Child Abduction Unit's advice line at:

+45 40 50 50 26

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

If your situation is not acute, and you have joint custody, you should contact the Agency of Family Law at 72 56 70 00. 

The Child Abduction Unit

The advice line is open 24 hours per day, every day of the year except Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and is operated by staff members of the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Interior.  Outside opening hours the phone number may be used in urgent situations, where your child is about to leave Denmark .  

The staff member may advice you on the following:

  • The rules that apply in your situation
  • The authorities that you should contact, and how they can help you
  • The precautions that you can take yourself

We are also able to make a temporary decision on custody under the Danish Act on Parental Responsibility if we assess, based on information from the police, that there is a specific and real risk that your child is about to leave Denmark, to make sure the child remains in Denmark (section 27).

The risk of abduction must be  acute . An example of acute risk could be one parent disappearing with the child and the police confirming that the information available indicates the parent's intention to leave Denmark with the child.

The staff member  cannot  do the following:

  • Help you physically bring back the child.
  • Help you if you have sole custody. In this case, contact the police.
  • Help you if you do not have custody. In this case, the other parent is allowed to leave without your consent.
  • Represent you in dealings with other authorities etc., in Denmark or abroad, or in dealings with the other parent who has abducted or intends to abduct your child.