No One Runs Away For No Reason: Understanding Safeguarding Issues When Children and Young People Go Missing From Home
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
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
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.
Still in Harm's Way: An update report on trafficked and unaccompanied children going missing from care in the UK
ECPAT UK and Missing People
Following on from their ground-breaking 2016 report Heading Back to Harm, leading charities ECPAT UK and Missing People have revisited the issue using 2017 data to assess what has changed. This report shows that trafficked and unaccompanied children are still going missing from care at an alarmingly high rate.
Missing Persons A handbook of research
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 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
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
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
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
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
Findings from the Gwent Multi-Agency Missing Children Workshops
Children's rights must be a priority in the strategic guidelines
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?
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
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 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
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
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
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 in the European Union Mapping, data collection and statistics
Collected and analysed data, and developed the basis to improve the mechanisms involved when children go missing in the 27 EU Member States.
Missing Children Memorandum to the EU
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
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?
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
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
The European hotline number for missing children: A practical guide for hotline operators
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.
The article underlines and explores the possible link between children that go missing and child sexual exploitation.