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To give context, the mother automatically has parental responsibility as the mother, but she still need the permission of anyone else with parental responsibility before she can take the child abroad. Because of this, she can take the child abroad for up to 28 days without the father's consent.
Nevertheless, it is still recommended to get the fathers consent to take a child abroad. This would avoid any possible allegations of child abduction which amounts to a criminal offence. Most airport securities will query whether the other parents permission has been provided before allowing a child into the country; so it can be safe to be prepared.
I would advise her to get a written notice of the father, but if she do not have any more contact with him, and she does not know his whereabouts, she may need to apply with the courts for a court order. In this regard, she will need the assistance of a solicitor to make the application with the family courts. To find a local solicitor within her area, she may visit the following website and use their search function: https://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk.
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