new nationally co-ordinated Child Rescue Alert is being launched on
International Missing Children's Day (IMCD) May 25 2010.
Child Rescue Alert (CRA) is a
partnership between the police, the press and the public. Its aim is to
locate abducted children and bring them to safety by using the media to
promptly publish details about an abducted child's disappearance to the
public. When an alert has been broadcast, the public will be asked to
0300 2000 333
if they have information that may help in the investigation.
calls concerning the current CRA should be made to
0300 2000 333.
This is a free phone number donated by Cable and Wireless and it will
only be active when a CRA has been declared.
Missing Persons Bureau has developed the nationally co-ordinated CRA
system and offer free advice and operational support to help investigate
and publicise cases where a child has been abducted.
are working to align the UK's CRA system to make it compatible with
other alert systems in Europe. Not all cases will result in a CRA
being activated. The decision to launch a CRA is an operational one made
by the Senior Investigating Officer for the force concerned.
criteria for launching a CRA is:
child is under the age of 18
There is reasonable belief that the child has been kidnapped or
abducted (which includes being taken under the influence of a third
There is reasonable belief that the child is in imminent danger of
serious harm or death
There is sufficient information available to enable the public to
assist the police in locating the child
Police officers considering issuing a Child Rescue Alert should consult
the CRA protocol 2010 for further guidance and information on how
to access 24 hour NPIA assistance.
International Missing Children's Day (IMCD)
year on the 25 May the Missing Persons Bureau remembers all missing
children in the UK and around the world. Eight countries across four
continents are participating in IMCD 2010.
year, the focus is on the complex issue of parental abduction. The UK
has selected six children to highlight this issue and form part of the
Sigourney Teresa Chisolm
Please lend your support to International Missing Children's Day by
facebook group, follow us on
Twitter or view the
IMCD YouTube channel. Details of missing
children may be viewed from the
Missing Kids website.
out more about the invaluable work of other organisations and charities
(including Missing People, Forever Searching, Reunite, Railway Children
and PACT) linked to missing. Parents can find advice about child
exploitation at the
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
receive updates from the National Missing Persons Bureau about
developments to the Child Rescue Alert scheme please register your
details. Note updates will not be frequent
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Child Rescue Alert is based on the AMBER alert system which has been in
use in the United States since 1997. AMBER stands for "America's Missing
Broadcasting Emergency Response" and was named after nine year old Amber
Hagerman who was abducted, raped and murdered in January 1996, although
the national programme is dedicated to all children nationwide who've
was later discovered that local law enforcement had information that
might have helped to locate her shortly after she was abducted, but had
no means to distribute this information and this is why the AMBER alert
system was developed.
Sussex Police first introduced a Child Rescue Alert system for their
force on 14 November 2002. Surrey and Hampshire quickly followed. Since
then there has been a gradual introduction throughout England and Wales
and by 2005 every force had their own alert system.
of International Missing Children's Day (IMCD)
25th May 1979, a six-year-old boy, Etan Patz went missing in New York.
He was never seen again, as a result of this
NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
was established in the United States. In 1983 the President of the
United States declared 25th May 'Missing Children's Day' and this has
been recognised ever since in the United States and is now also
supported across the world.
NPIA Missing Persons Bureau, is the UK member of the
Global Missing Children's Network (GMCN), and
is supporting IMCD in co-ordination with GMCN partners including the
Australian Federal Police (AFP), the
International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC)
. Missing Children Europe and its associated Non Governmental
Organisations are also participating in commemorations for the day.