From 1July 2011 the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre
will take on the responsibility as lead agent for missing children in
CEOP will bring together the UK's first team of experts dedicated to
searching for missing and abducted children. It is estimated that as
many as 100 thousand children go missing in the UK each year.
Part of the role within the new initiative will be the development of
expert training for professionals dealing in this difficult area of
social work and policing.
There is an expectation that the organisation will take on high profile
cases. In May 2011 the Prime Minister pledged support for the ongoing
Madeleine McCann investigation and ordered detectives from the Met' to
step-up their investigation. In fact, our source tells us that it will
be the CEOP's responsibility to review and carry out the McCann
Madeleine McCann Went Missing
on 3rd May 2007
Madeleine McCann disappeared on the evening of Thursday, 3rd May 2007.
She was on holiday with her parents and twin siblings in Portugal. The 4
year old went missing from an apartment, in the central area of the
resort of Praia da Luza and has still not been found. Madeleine's
parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have said that they left the children
unsupervised in a ground floor bedroom while they ate at a restaurant a
short distance away. The initial investigation by the Portuguese
criminal investigation police, was based on the assumption that
Madeleine had probably been abducted. After further investigation, the
Police stated that there was a strong hypothesis that she might have
died in her room, but could give no evidence to support this. During the
investigation there were a number of unconfirmed claimed sightings of
Madeleine in Portugal and elsewhere, and additional scientific evidence
was obtained. The investigation involved the co-operation of the British
and Portuguese police.
On 7th September 2007 the parents were named as suspects, but were
allowed to fly back to the United Kingdom. They were subsequently
cleared, on 21 July 2008.
If Madeleine is found living with a family and that the parents were
unaware of the 'abduction' status of 'their' child it would follow that
they could apply to an English court for contact to Madeleine. Obviously
if such an application was accepted then a full report would be ordered
and the reporting officer, in line with the 1989 Children Act, must take
into account the child's wishes. Madeleine could well be saying that she
Four years on there is still
no tangible evidence leading to Madeleine's whereabouts.
If you have any knowledge that may help please contact your local police
or you can contact My Child Contact in anonymity
Ceop to take the lead on services for missing children
By Janaki Mahadevan
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
A team of experts from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection
Centre (Ceop) is to lead a national response to the issue of missing
children, the government has announced.
Peter Davies: 'We will put into the hands of any investigation our
collective specialism to reach rapid and effective conclusions'. Image:
From 1 July a dedicated team from the centre will be tasked with working
with police, child protection bodies and non-governmental organisations
to ensure suitable arrangements are in place to protect vulnerable
Making the announcement on International Missing Children’s Day, crime
and security minister James Brokenshire said the group will also provide
preventative support through products and training for children and
professionals as well as operational support to local police forces.
"Around 230,000 missing children reports are made in the UK every year,"
he said. "The risks children are exposed to are severe and the harm they
suffer can be very serious so it is crucial we can act quickly. Ceop's
new responsibility for national missing children's services means they
can bring their significant child protection expertise to tackle this
Ceop will provide support to the police through resources such as the
Child Rescue Alert system and the MissingKids website. It will also aim
to ensure arrangements are in place to co-ordinate the collective
response to complex cases of missing and abducted children.
Peter Davies, chief executive of Ceop, said: "Partnership will be our
key theme. We will look to learn, analyse and contribute our expertise
to the wider policing community; we will work with children and parents
to raise awareness of the risks and the options and we will put into the
hands of any investigation our collective specialism to reach rapid and
"We will also work to ensure the causes of children going missing are
understood and addressed after their return."
Martin Houghton-Brown, chief executive of charity Missing People, said
Ceop's new role will help ensure the safety of thousands of children.
"We are delighted that Ceop will be joining the frontline of services to
help find and protect missing children," he said "Their expertise in
safeguarding vulnerable children and extensive work in education will
help to ensure the safety of thousands of young people."
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