The Ministry of Justice has announced that children from the United Kingdom will have international protection should they move to a country outside of the European Union, thanks to the 1996 Hague Convention coming into force yesterday. Any country which has opted into the Treaty will be able to uphold and enforce court orders issued in the UK, including child protection issues. The number of countries who have signed up to the Treaty is 39.
The Justice Minister, Lord McNally has said that this is a major step forward in the UK’s child protection provision. As part of the deal, the UK government will also protect any children from other countries, regardless of their origin.