Bouncing back: Ensuring the wellbeing of children in cases of international child abduction


In relation to the Brussels IIa recast and building on the results of former research studies, Child Focus, the University of Antwerp, Center IKO, CFPE-Enfants Disparus, Missing Children Europe and the French Central Authority have conducting a large scale research study on the psychological effects of an international child abduction on the wellbeing of abducted children.

This research study has enabled project partners to gather concrete information on the specific aspects of an international child abduction influencing the wellbeing of children. The final goal of this research project is to formulate recommendations and create good practices for legal and other professionals who deal with cases on avoiding possible trauma for the children involved.

Find the brochure with a summary of the research findings here.

Find the complete research report here and the individual reports below:

1. Quantitative research study with parents

2. Qualitative interviews with children

3. Case law analysis

Recommendations towards professionals and policy makers can be found here and endorsed here.