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Missing Children in the European Union Mapping, data collection and statistics (by European Commission)



Collected and analysed data, and developed the basis to improve the mechanisms involved when children go missing in the 27 EU Member States. Builds on existing data and indicators to obtain sustainable, comparable data and indicators on missing children in all 27 Member States covering the period 2008-2010 (and 2011 where available).



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  • No One Runs Away For No Reason: Understanding Safeguarding Issues When Children and Young People Go Missing From Home
    No One Runs Away For No Reason: Understanding Safeguarding Issues When Children and Young People Go Missing From Home by L Hill, J Taylor, F Richards, S Reddington
    Paper exploring the safeguarding concerns and responses for children and young people who run away or go missing from home
  • “Child Alert”: public information dissemination of child disappearances
    “Child Alert”: public information dissemination of child disappearances by Veerle Pashley, Els Enhus, Mark Leys
    Research within the framework of developing a “Child Alert system”, a project coordinated by Child Focus.
  • Child Alerts for missing children: need for a balanced and integrated approach
    Child Alerts for missing children: need for a balanced and integrated approach by Missing Children Europe
    Endangered missing children for which a child alert system can be of use constitute an average 1 to 2% of the total cases of missing children. While child alert systems can be of use in those 1 to 2%, the overall problem of missing children - of which an average 60% concern children running away from situations of conflict, abuse, violence and neglect - requires a much more comprehensive approach, including measures aimed at prevention and empowerment.
  • Missing Persons A handbook of research
    Missing Persons A handbook of research by Karen Shalev Greene and Llian Alys
    This groundbreaking book brings together for the first time ideas and expertise across this vast subject area into one interconnected publication. It explores the subjects of missing children, missing adults, the investigative process of missing person cases, and the families of missing persons.
  • The cultural nature of missing
    The cultural nature of missing by Joe Apps
    The notions of trying to define 'missing' and 'missingness' are fascinating. Many people, who are reported to authorities as being missing by family and friends, do not consider themselves as missing persons; when found, they are surprised that they have been considered as 'missing'. Adults have rights to do as they please and also the right to be forgotten.
  • Figures and Trends 2015
    Figures and Trends 2015 by Missing Children Europe
    Every year Missing Children Europe collects data and statistics on missing children reported to hotlines for missing children active in all EU Member States and to the Cross Border Family mediator network.
  • The SIAMSECT files
    The SIAMSECT files by Vermuelen, G., Balcaen, A., Di Nicola, A., & Cauduro, A.
    Development of EU template and collection plan for statistical information and analysis on missing and sexually exploited children and trafficking in human beings in order to have reliable and comparable collection and analysis of indicators and other data, as well as enabling communication between EU, other EU bodies and third party organisations.
  • Practical guidance on preventing and responding to unaccompanied children going missing
    Practical guidance on preventing and responding to unaccompanied children going missing by Federica Toscano, Delphine Moralis, Jan Murk, Rebecca O’Donnell
    This handbook aims to stimulate and disseminate practices on how to better cooperate in prevention, response and after care of missing unaccompanied children.
  • National estimates of missing children: An overview
    National estimates of missing children: An overview by Sedlak, A. J., Finkelhor, D., Hammer, H., & Shultz, D. J.
    Report summarising findings from the Second National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children. National estimates of missing children based on surveys of households, juvenile residential facilities, and law enforcement agencies.
  • Business Case-Situation Report: Gwent Multi-Agency Missing Children and Young People Project
    Business Case-Situation Report: Gwent Multi-Agency Missing Children and Young People Project by Ian Jones
    Findings from the Gwent Multi-Agency Missing Children Workshops
  • Children's rights must be a priority in the strategic guidelines
    Children's rights must be a priority in the strategic guidelines by Anon
    This submission's aim is to raise awareness among EU countries in Children disappearances especially those affected by migration. More support is needed by creating institutions that will help them.
  • The Amber Alert: Appropriate solution to preventing child abduction?
    The Amber Alert: Appropriate solution to preventing child abduction? by Zgoba, K.
    Outlines the history and activation process of the Amber Alert, as well as the challenges and advantages experienced by the agencies involved.
  • Position paper: Child tracking devices
    Position paper: Child tracking devices by Missing Children Europe
    A tracking device is an electronic security mechanism which allows monitoring the location of a person or an object. Over the past years, many tracking devices have been developed enabling adults to monitor and locate their children. This paper outlines Missing Children Europe's research and opinion on the issue of using child tracking devices.
  • Missing children figures and trends 2014
    Missing children figures and trends 2014 by Missing Children Europe
    An annual data collection exercise to collect data on the numbers, categories and trends of missing children in Europe based on calls and cases dealt with by 116 000 missing children hotlines across Europe. While effective and standardised data collection mechanisms are lacking in Europe, this annual review provides for one of the only reliable and updated sources of information on missing children for the past year.
  • Missing and abducted children: A law enforcement guide to case investigation and program management
    Missing and abducted children: A law enforcement guide to case investigation and program management by Eds: Preston Findlay, Robert G Lowery
    Guide to assist law enforcement in the search for missing children. Its two goals are to provide (1) Police Officers with a step by step info. On how to respond to and investigate missing child cases, and (2) Administrators with the programmatic framework to manage the missing-child response within their agency's jurisdiction
  • Investigating missing children cases: a guide for first responders and investigators
    Investigating missing children cases: a guide for first responders and investigators by Sprague, D. F.
    Provides a solid training guide on missing children investigative techniques, enabling law enforcement professionals to respond confidently with a plan of action that offers the best possible chance for a positive outcome.
  • The effectiveness of supermarket posters in helping to find missing children
    The effectiveness of supermarket posters in helping to find missing children by Lampinen, J. M., Arnal, J., & Hicks, J. L.
    The research addresses the question of how effective Supermarket Posters are in Helping to Find Missing Children
  • Missing Children Memorandum to the EU
    Missing Children Memorandum to the EU by Delphine Moralis
    Recommendations on effective European strategies regarding the cross-border problem of missing children.
  • Looking back: 15 years of prevention and responses to missing children in the European Union
    Looking back: 15 years of prevention and responses to missing children in the European Union by Delphine Moralis
    In 2001, the Council of the European Union adopted a Resolution on the contribution of civil society in finding missing or sexually exploited children under the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The Resolution coincided with the launch at the European Parliament of the European Federation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children - now operating under the name Missing Children Europe. It also announced the beginning of a series of initiatives taken at the level of the EU to protect children from going missing. Measures taken over the past 15 years have included legislation, policy and funding, often promoting a public private partnerships response involving a broad range of stakeholders at different levels. The presentation will outline and contextualise some of these key European initiatives and their impact at national level, including the latest data on the caseload of hotlines for missing children reachable in 29 European countries through the same European telephon
  • Once missing - Never forgotten?
    Once missing - Never forgotten? by Mette Drivsholm, Delphine Moralis, Dr. Karen Shalev-Greene, Dr. Penny Woolnough
    To date, few attempts have been made to evaluate the effectiveness of publicity campaigns, all of which were carried out in the USA. While scarce, the research tends to reveal disappointing results and suggest that publicity appeals don’t necessarily positively impact the investigation or search. The dissemination of images of missing children furthermore raises potential issues regarding the impact that it may have on the protection of the child’s privacy and overall wellbeing. Others however argue that appeals can help to gather vital information from the public and safeguard children at risk, with Child Alert systems in particular having been credited for safeguarding missing children (OJJPD, 2016). These views call for further research to ensure the effectiveness of publicity appeals in their potential of saving lives, while limiting the negative impact for missing children and their families.
  • Family Factors and Runaway Missing Children: A Review of Theories and Research
    Family Factors and Runaway Missing Children: A Review of Theories and Research by Ravi Shankar B. G., Ravindra D.Gadkar
    This paper reviews the research that has investigated the relationship between family factors and runaway incidence of Children. It also examines the prominent theories to understand runaway phenomena. It aims to assist practitioners and policy makers who work with children and families to make evidence informed decisions
  • The European hotline number for missing children: A practical guide for hotline operators
    The European hotline number for missing children: A practical guide for hotline operators by Missing Children Europe
    It contains key recommendations and examples of existing practices that every NGO running, or wishing to run, the 116000 hotline can draw inspiration from and make use of.
  • Still Hidden
    Still Hidden by Nicola Sharp
    The article underlines and explores the possible link between children that go missing and child sexual exploitation.
  • International child abduction cases in Hungary: A comprehensive summary of statistics, legal framework and important case law
    International child abduction cases in Hungary: A comprehensive summary of statistics, legal framework and important case law by Tamás Dezső Ziegler
    This article summarizes the background of child abduction cases related to Hungary, giving a comprehensive analysis of such cases between the period of 2000 and 2014.
  • “Child Alert”:  public information dissemination of child disappearances
    “Child Alert”: public information dissemination of child disappearances by Veerle Pashley, Els Enhus, Mark Leys
    This report describes the communication trajectory of the Belgian NGO “Child Focus”.
  • Children's rights, as they see them
    Children's rights, as they see them by Anon
    Eurobarometer study of young people in all 27 member states of the EU which identified the most important issues in terms of their rights and the rights of children in general and the various obstacles children face in exercising these rights.
  • Trafficking in Women and Children for Sexual Purposes: A Growing Threat in Europe
    Trafficking in Women and Children for Sexual Purposes: A Growing Threat in Europe by Manion, K
    Presents and summarises sources of information regarding the trafficking of women and children for sexual purposes within Europe. Highlights the need for education of social care professionals regarding this issue and shows the current gaps within the system.
  • European commission communication on protecting children in migration
    European commission communication on protecting children in migration by European Commission
    European commission communication on protecting children in migration
  • European Parliament resolution on the protection of children in migration (May 2018)
    European Parliament resolution on the protection of children in migration (May 2018) by European Commission
    European Parliament resolution on the protection of children in migration (May 2018)
  • Thematic focus: Family tracing and family reunification
    Thematic focus: Family tracing and family reunification by Fundamental Rights Agency
    This section looks at the fundamental rights implications of the following practices in more detail: Recent legislative changes Family tracing Family reunification Dublin requests
  • Forging a common path: A European approach to the integration of refugees and asylum-seekers
    Forging a common path: A European approach to the integration of refugees and asylum-seekers by International Rescue Committee Brussels Office
    The report argues that the EU is at a unique turning point at which it is vital to invest in the integration of people who have sought protection here, and that the institutions have a key role in putting this into practice. The implementation of the European Commission’s Action Plan on Integration coming to an end in 2018, ongoing discussions about the restructuring of EU funding for integration and a new Commission in 2019 create an ideal moment to reflect on the shape and extent of future EU action on integration. After providing an overview of the current situation of refugees and asylum-seekers in the EU in Section II, the report aims to contribute to this process by highlighting good practices and suggesting some fundamental considerations informed by the IRC’s many decades of experience in supporting the integration of people seeking protection internationally, in the U.S. and in Europe.
  • From Europe to Afghanistan: Experiences of child returnees
    From Europe to Afghanistan: Experiences of child returnees by Save the children
    This report assesses the impact on children of being returned from Europe to Afghanistan. Through interviews with individual children, their parents or guardians, and with governmental and non-governmental actors, it builds a picture of children’s material, physical, legal and psychosocial safety during the returns process.
  • Guardianship systems for children deprived of parental care in the European Union
    Guardianship systems for children deprived of parental care in the European Union by
    This report explores the key features of guardianship systems put in place to cater for the needs of all children in need of protection, including child victims and those at risk of becoming victims of trafficking in human beings or of other forms of exploitation. The research covers four specific areas, namely the type of guardianship systems in place, the profile of appointed guardians, the appointment procedures, and the tasks of the guardians.
  • The European Court of Human Rights and the Hague Child Abduction Convention: Prioritising Return or Reflection?
    The European Court of Human Rights and the Hague Child Abduction Convention: Prioritising Return or Reflection? by Peter McEleavy
    This article analyses the Grand Chamber judgments in Neulinger and X v. Latvia and considers how compliance with Article 8 ECHR should be achieved in the application of the Hague Convention; prioritising return or reflection? In so doing it also reflects on whether a summary return mechanism can continue to accord with twenty-first century expectations and norms.
  • The European Court of Human Rights and the Hague Child Abduction Convention: Prioritising Return or Reflection?
    The European Court of Human Rights and the Hague Child Abduction Convention: Prioritising Return or Reflection? by Peter McEleavy
    This article analyses the Grand Chamber judgments in Neulinger and X v. Latvia and considers how compliance with Article 8 ECHR should be achieved in the application of the Hague Convention; prioritising return or reflection?
  • Implementation Handbook: putting the investing in children recommendation into practice
    Implementation Handbook: putting the investing in children recommendation into practice by Eurochild
    The 2013 European Commission Recommendation “Investing in Children: Breaking the cycle of disadvantage” presented a comprehensive policy approach to child poverty and well-being. A new Implementation Handbook by Eurochild and its partners in the EU Alliance for Investing in Children, shows how member states can translate the policy guidelines into action.
  • Let children be children: Lessons from the Field on the Protection and Integration of Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe
    Let children be children: Lessons from the Field on the Protection and Integration of Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe by Eurochild and SOS Children's Villages
    Let children be children: Lessons from the Field on the Protection and Integration of Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe
  • Lost in Migration: Working together to protect children from disappearances, from European priorities to local realities
    Lost in Migration: Working together to protect children from disappearances, from European priorities to local realities by Missing Children Europe
    Challenges and progress in implementing the European Commission Communication on the Protection of Children in Migration: Providing effective protection and enhancing integration at local level.
  • Reporter: A European divorce with children
    Reporter: A European divorce with children by Anon
    What happens to the kids when their parents, nationals of different EU states, go their separate ways? EuroparlTV examined the case of a French-German couple.
  • Cross-border parental child abduction in the European Union
    Cross-border parental child abduction in the European Union by Dr. Lukas HECKENDORN URSCHELER, Dr. Ilaria PRETELL
    This study aims at analysing the international, European and national legal framework applicable to cross-border parental child abduction, with a view to proposing recommendations for the improvement of the current system.
  • Trafficking along Migration Routes to Europe: Bridging the Gap between Migration, Asylum and Anti-Trafficking
    Trafficking along Migration Routes to Europe: Bridging the Gap between Migration, Asylum and Anti-Trafficking by Roberto Forin, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and Claire Healy (ICMPD).
    Trafficking along Migration Routes to Europe: Bridging the Gap between Migration, Asylum and Anti-Trafficking
  • A survey on the transposition of Directive 2011/93/EU on combating sexual absue and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography
    A survey on the transposition of Directive 2011/93/EU on combating sexual absue and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography by Missing Children Europe, ECPAT, eNasco
    The main objective of the project was to compare the choice of ‘methods and strategies’ developed by Member States in order to achieve the binding results defined by the Directive and to assess them based on the best interests of the child.
  • Protecting undocumented children: Promising policies and practices from governments
    Protecting undocumented children: Promising policies and practices from governments by PICUM
    Focusing on the areas of education, health care, protection from violence and non-detention, this report seeks to support and disseminate such policies, by presenting several promising examples from governments at all levels, alongside some available data and relevant policy documents at EU level.



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