Every day Missing Children Europe and its member organisations across Europe strive to protect and empower children to prevent them from going missing and to keep them from harm when they do. On every 25th of May, we commemorate International Missing Children’s Day (IMCD) to raise awareness and support the 116000 hotlines devoted to provide crucial support to those who are missing, at risk and to the families affected across Europe.

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Join the #PuzzleChallenge & raise awareness for 116000 hotlines

This year, we would like to invite everyone to raise awareness of the 116000 hotlines, available across Europe to provide missing children and their families with FREE emotional, psychological, legal and administrative support 24/7 in 32 European countries. They are vital to prevent, protect and empower children and families faced with child disappearances.

Supporting hotline services is more important than ever, under the current restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. With domestic violence increasing and the limits on social gatherings, children continue to run away from home. Restrictions of movement complicate ongoing parental abduction cases making return impossible. Children in migration have difficulties accessing even the most basic services, becoming even more at risk of trafficking and exploitation. The 116000 hotlines are the central puzzle piece, the only piece that can connect children and families in need of support with services during times of lockdown and restrictions of movement.

How can you raise awareness?

1) Complete a puzzle. Mark 116 000 on the back of the central missing puzzle piece (optional). Take a picture.

2) Use our example message or create one of your own!

Join the #PuzzleChallenge and help @MissingChildEU raise awareness about #call116000 hotlines for children (at risk of) going missing and their families. @xxx @xxx @xxx share, donate, and advocate. #IMCD2021 Learn more: https://missingchildreneurope.eu/imcd/

3) Post the message on your social media using #PuzzleChallenge #IMCD2021 and tagging @MissingChildEU

4) Do not forget to nominate 3 people!

Ready to move it to the next level? Try to involve national leaders/authorities and policy makers to join the challenge!

Want to do more?

Help us raise funds to continue the support and coordination of the European network of 116 000 hotlines and the implementation of the Customer Relationship Management (CRM), an essential tool to guarantee quality service for all hotlines across Europe.

Each donation of 25EUR will help us maintain a monthly CRM license for one hotline. This allows us to keep track of details and updates on missing children cases and ease cross-border cooperation between hotlines operating in different countries, to better prevent and efficiently find missing children whilst support their families.

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