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Home Secretary meets families to mark International Missing Children’s Day

Written by James Lenney
on Wednesday, 21 May 2014.

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Home Secretary Theresa May joined Kate McCann, mother of missing Madeleine, and Coral and Paul Jones, parents of April Jones at the House of Lords yesterday evening, to celebrate the upcoming launch of Child Rescue Alert and the Child Abduction Hub on International Missing Children’s Day (25 May). Both projects have been made possible thanks to funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The enhanced Child Rescue Alert system will issue alerts via email and text message at the touch of a button when a child has disappeared and their life is at risk. It is the responsibility of the National Crime Agency (NCA) in partnership with the charity Missing People plus technology company Groupcall Limited and has received funding by the EU.

The Child Abduction Hub, produced by the charity Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT) and supported by the NCA is the UK's only purpose-built website that will provide crucial information and advice on all types of child abduction, whether linked to strangers, family friends or a parent.

Home Secretary Theresa May said: “These initiatives will offer vital support and protection for missing children and their families.

“When a child goes missing, it is crucial that as many people as possible are looking for them. The Child Rescue Alert will spread appeals quickly and widely, via text messages and digital billboards, increasing the likelihood of a child being found. I would urge everyone to sign up to this scheme.

“The Child Abduction Hub will be a key source of information on all types of child abduction – whether it’s committed by a parent, a family friend or a stranger. This will help parents, teachers, and other professionals make common-sense, well informed decisions on how to keep children safe.”

Coral Jones, the mother of April Jones, said, "I am so relieved that this new Child Rescue Alert system has been created. The search for my beautiful April ended in tragedy and that is why I want to do everything I can to make sure that the next time a child is taken or in danger we can bring them home safely. Please, please sign up via http://www.childrescuealert.org.uk so that you can get the alerts sent to your phone. You could save a child's life."

Kate McCann, the mother of missing Madeleine said, “When a child is abducted, families are devastated and entire communities are torn apart. The agony of not knowing where your child is is almost impossible to imagine. The helplessness is at times overwhelming. But there is now something we can all do to help. Please sign up at http://www.childrescuealert.org.uk/register to receive alerts – you could save a child’s life.”

You could save a child’s life. Sign up to receive Child Rescue Alerts at http://www.childrescuealert.org.uk.

Visit http://www.childabduction.org.uk for the facts on Child Abduction.

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