250,000 children missing every year in the EU, 1 child is reported every 2 minutes.

51% of missing children cases are made up of child runaways. They represent the largest category of missing children. Children go missing for many different reasons. The typical cases are:

– Parental/international child abductions
– Runaways
– Missing unaccompanied migrant children
– Abduction by third persons
– Lost, injured or otherwise missing children

Each case requires a specific approach, with governments, law enforcement agencies and NGOs working closely together. 1 in 6 runaways are assumed to sleep rough, 1 in 8 resort to stealing or begging to survive and 1 in 4 children are at serious risk of being harmed. Runaways often fall into situations of sexual abuse, alcohol abuse and drug abuse leading to depression. They are 9 times likelier to have suicidal tendencies.

Keeping children safe and free from harm is what we believe in. A simple premise that every child deserves a happy and safe childhood is what drives us to support the work of NGO “Save the Children”.

For example in 2013, Save the Children rolled out a Missing Children Helpline in Jharkhand and West Bengal where reports of missing children can be logged.

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For over 90 years, Save the Children has been making a difference in children’s lives in more than 120 countries. According to own information, Save the Children is the world’s largest independent child rights organisation, underpinned by a vision of a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.

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