The disappearance of a child can be an extremely stressful and horrifying experience for the family affected. What do you do? Who do you call? Having one number that parents and children can call across Europe, the 116 000, is a vital first step to providing support in these moments of despair. Any child or adult dialling the 116 000 in 29 countries in Europe are immediately connected to professional support by a mandated missing child organisation in that country.
The 116 000 hotline provides free emotional, psychological, social, legal and administrative support to missing children and theur families 24/7. These hotlines received over 268,309 calls and provided support in over 6,000 missing children cases in 2014. Yet, these national hotlines are at risk of shutting down due to lack of funding provided by national governments. The closing of these hotlines would mean the end of vital support in cases of child disappearances. Help us ensure that the voices of missing children are heard today and for the years to come.