International Missing Children’s Day 2024: Raising Awareness and Supporting Families

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International Missing Children’s Day 2024: Raising Awareness and Supporting Families

Today, on May 25, we observe International Missing Children’s Day—a significant occasion that reminds us of the critical mission to locate and reunite missing children worldwide. This day is dedicated to drawing attention to the thousands of children who go missing around the world annually. It also highlights the efforts made to find and reunite these children with their families, promotes measures to protect children from abduction and exploitation, and honours those who have recovered.

International Missing Children’s Day 2024: Raising Awareness And Supporting Families

The Origin of International Missing Children’s Day

International Missing Children’s Day 2024: Raising Awareness And Supporting Families

The observance of International Missing Children’s Day began in 1983, marking the anniversary of the disappearance of six-year-old Etan Patz. Etan went missing on his way to school in New York City in 1979. Initially recognised in the United States, this day has since gained international acknowledgement, symbolising the global commitment to addressing the issue of missing children. It serves as a reminder that the search continues for countless missing children worldwide.

International Missing Children’s Day 2024: Raising Awareness And Supporting Families

International Missing Children’s Day 2024: Raising Awareness And Supporting Families

‘Check Think Report’: A Campaign for Parents and Caregivers

International Missing Children’s Day 2024: Raising Awareness And Supporting Families

This year, AMBER Alert Europe, in collaboration with the European Centre for Missing Children, has launched the ‘Check Think Report’ campaign. Aimed at parents and caregivers, this initiative provides a comprehensive step-by-step guide on what to do and what to expect when a child goes missing. Let’s break down the approach:

International Missing Children’s Day 2024: Raising Awareness And Supporting Families

  1. Check: Begin by checking for any signs of where the child might have gone.
  2. Think: Consider any reasons why your child might have gone missing and where they could be.
  3. Report: Call the police immediately to report your child missing.

Whether your child is a toddler, school-aged, or a teenager, you can find tailored advice on the AMBER Alert Europe website. Remember, you don’t have to wait 24 hours to report someone missing. If the missing person is in immediate danger, especially if they’re a young child or vulnerable, call emergency services (e.g., 999) right away. Reporting a missing person is not wasting police time; it’s crucial for their wellbeing.

International Missing Children’s Day 2024: Raising Awareness And Supporting Families

International Missing Children’s Day 2024: Raising Awareness And Supporting Families

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