We’re halfway through 2020 and it’s been a tough year already posing various challenges in the fight to protect children. Now more than ever children face a range of challenges in a world that is combating a global pandemic, violence, discrimination and children are still going missing.
With various restrictions in place across Europe due to the pandemic, summer 2020 will unlikely reflect traditional vacations; many people will likely go on staycations, and others may be fortunate enough to catch neighbouring flights. Whatever your plans this summer, help us protect children - whether you’re a family, individual or organisation, we have provided some useful summer tips outlining four simple steps that you can take to protect children this summer and onwards.
1) Help Children by downloading an app
A) ChildRescue: Help find missing children in your location! Download the ChildRescue app on your smartphone and get notified whenever a child is reported missing near you (Belgium and Greece only).
Every 2 minutes a child goes missing in Europe. ChildRescue is a collective awareness platform for missing children investigations and rescue, using advance technology for faster investigation of missing children and unaccompanied minor cases. You can help by reporting vital information about a missing child in your location via the app. Download today!
B) Use Miniila: Are you a young person on the move? Download the Manilla app to learn about useful services near you!
Children told us that one of the things they lack the most while on the move is access to information that they trust. The Miniila app supports children and youth on the move to find help such as food, shelter, legal assistance, and many more useful services.
Are you a non-profit organisation and want to support Miniila? To include your services in the app, you will need to upload the right information in a content management system. Contact your national focal point here.
2) Protect children and spark a conversation
A) Tips to talk to children about challenging topics such as discrimination: This summer families will have the opportunity for intimate conversations with their immediate friends, families, networks and communities. This is a great opportunity to spark the conversation about discrimination to protect children from the ongoing issue.
Missing Children Europe wants every child to be protected and healthy, no matter where they come from. To achieve our goal, we must look at the way each of us talks about discrimination and the people affected by it, which is why we developed a few tips about how talk about the issue. The great thing is our tips are relevant more than ever for all children.
B) Tips and Tricks for a healthy work/life/ summer balance during the pandemic: Missing Children Europe compiled some tips and tricks for parents and organisations during lockdown. This tips are still handy during summer, check them out.
3) Donate to support 116 000 hotlines
116 000 European hotlines for missing children and their families, are available 24/7 to ensure emotional, psychological, and legal support. 60% of hotlines who received funding from local and national authorities in 2019, reported that the funding was not sufficient to ensure delivery of the expected standard of services.
Missing Children Europe has customised a Client Relationship Management (CRM) system specific to missing children hotlines, allowing them to record, share and exchange information about missing children cases remotely. Each donation of €30 (the price of a couple of cups of ☕️) will allow hotline operators to renew their CRM license for a month, and therefore, to collect and exchange all necessary information about missing children cases. Donate today.
4) Volunteer your time
No matter where you live you can contribute your time and skills to a local missing children organisation, including MCE. Are you a photographer, designer or maybe a translator? Do you want to take part in our golf or marathon events? Take an action and volunteer for MCE.
Are you interested in volunteering your time for a missing children organisation near you? Check out our members in Europe and get in contact with us if you're interested to know how you can volunteer your time - firstname.lastname@example.org