About the 116 000 missing children hotline

The 116 000 hotline has been designed to report missing children and provide social support services for children and families when a child goes missing.

The 116 000 hotline is now operational in all 27 EU countries.

More information about 116 000 hotlines in Europe

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Child alert mechanisms

Child alert mechanisms aim to alert the public in cases of child abduction and where the life of a child is at risk. The child alert mechanism alerts the public by disseminating information in the hours after the disappearance of a child. Child alert systems are used in the event of worrying disappearances and criminal abduction. The system uses electronic means of communication such as e-mails, text messages, electronic signs on motorways, information on radio and television.

Currently, a child alert system is available in 16 EU countries

Belgium   Bulgaria
Cyprus Czech Republic
France Germany  
Greece  Ireland 
Italy Luxemburg
The Netherlands    Poland
 Portugal  Romania
 Slovakia   Spain