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
- other 116 helplines
- Missing Children Europe –Annual review 2017
- Current state of implementation of the 116 000 hotline
- Website on 116 numbers by Directorate General Information Society
- Study: “Missing children in the European Union (EU 27) – Mapping, data collection and statistics” (2013)
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