Missing Children conference: Closing the gaps - 116 000 hotlines and child abduction alert systems

30 May 2012, Brussels
(Berlaymont, SCHUMAN Conference room)

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To mark this year’s International Missing Children Day, the European Commission, with the support of Missing Children Europe, the European Federation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children, organised a high level conference in Brussels on 30 May 2012.

The European telephone number for missing children, 116 000, and child alert systems have been a priority on the European agenda for a number of years.

The aim of the conference was to raise awareness about the 116 000 hotlines, exchange best practices and identify practical tools to help remove the obstacles for the implementation of the hotline in all Member States. A particular focus was on the state of play in the Member States, ongoing developments and best practices from national authorities, NGOs and the Telecoms sector. Ways to improve the quality of the hotlines already operational were also discussed as well as efforts to implement child alert mechanisms in the Member States.

The conference was at expert level and was open to Member States representatives, national operators and experts on missing children hotlines and child alert mechanisms.

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