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DATA ON MISSING CHILDREN: 2008

 

The Smile of the Child runs the Greek Centre for Missing & Exploited Children.  The Association is on the Board of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) and of Missing Children Europe (MCE). The Greek National Regulators have assigned the European Hotline for Missing Children "116 000" to the Association.  Upon the request of the Greek National Police, the Greek Centre is also responsible for activating AMBER Alert Hellas, the public emergency broadcast system. The Centre receives tips and information on missing children, often anonymously.  This information is sent to police for investigation.

 

The Greek Centre for Missing Children legally assists in all cases of missing children, including:

  1. Stranger Abductions

  2. Parental Abductions

  3. Unescorted Minors or Victims of Trafficking

  4. Runaways

  5. Lost Children

 

The Centre provides the following services:

  1. Assistance and consultation with law enforcement and other agencies

  2. Coordination of public and private agencies and businesses

  3. Psychological Support to Parent(s)

  4. Creation of photographic leaflets distributed through the Ministry of Public Order to all patrol cars in Greece

  5. Creation and distribution of posters in all publicly accessible areas

  6. Communication with the mass media through radio, television and print

  7. 24/7 European Hotline for Missing Children: 116 000/ SOS 1056

  8. Psychological support and counselling of children once they have been found

 

 

During the period of 1/1/08 up until and including 31/12/08   the Association received 115 requests to assist in the investigation to help locate missing children.

  • 30 (26%) cases involved child abductions, while

  • 85 (74%) cases involved alarming disappearances

From the 115 cases the Association was able to intervene and assist in 96 cases. Because of legal difficulties (i.e. custody issues, family disputes between parents etc.) we were unable to assist in 19 cases.

 

From the 96 cases that the Association became involved:

  • 87  (91%)  children were found

  •   9  (9%) are still missing

Graph 1:Percentage of Children Located vs. Children Still Missing in 2008

 

 

From the 96 cases of missing children that the Association dealt with in 2008:

  •   4 cases required the activation of the AMBER Alert system (emergency public broadcast system)

  • 14  cases required publicity and media attention

  • In 13 cases we created small posters that were distributed in police stations and police cars

  • In 10 cases there was secondary distribution (media release and poster campaign)

Chart of Cases of Missing Children (by Request) By Age and Gender

AGE

BOYS

GIRLS

TOTAL

0-6 years old

13

4

17 (15%)

7-12 years old

5

11

16 (14%)

13-18 years old

22

53

75 (65%)

18 years and older

4

3

7 (6%)

TOTAL

44 (38%)

71(62%)

115

 

Graph 2: Percentage by Age Category of Missing Children

 

 

Chart by Nationality:

 

NATIONALITY

BOYS

GIRLS

TOTAL

GREEK

34

41

75 (65%)

OTHER1

10

30

40 (35%)

TOTAL

44 (38%)

71 (62%)

115

 

Graph 3: Percentage of Missing Children by Nationality .

 

 

1  Footnote:

The term "Other" refers to children from the following nationalities: Albanian, Romanian, Polish, Bulgarian, Belgian, Egyptian, Canadian, Russian, Ethiopian and Somali.  

 

The Association worked with the following agencies in order to assist in finding missing children:

  • CENTRAL MISSING PERSONS' UNIT (ATTICA)

  • EMERGENCY SERVICES (ATTICA)

  • CYBERCRIME UNIT OF NATIONAL POLICE

  • CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES

  • 44 LOCAL POLICE STATIONS THROUGHOUT GREECE

  • HELLENIC RESCUE TEAM

  • NATIONAL CENTRAL HEALTH SERVICES (EKEΠY)

  • PROSECUTOR FOR MINORS' - ATHENS (CHILD PROTECTION)

  • PROSECUTION SERVICES – ATHENS

  • PROSECUTORS' OFFICE- CRIMINAL DIVISION

  • PROSECUTOR AT FIRST INSTANCE (KO)

  • PROSECUTOR AT FIRST INSTANCE (CHANIA)

  • HOTEL ASSOCIATION OF ATHENS

  • CITIZENS' SERVICES OFFICES

  • POLISH EMBASSY

  • SYRIAN EMBASSY

  • CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES (CYPRIOT POLICE)

  • PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL ATHENS

  • INTERPOL

  • CHILD FOCUS

  • MISSING PERSON

  • SEAPORT AUTHORITIES

  • PUBLIC NATIONAL BUSSES

  • METRO

  • TRAIN SERVICES – ATHENS

  • MASS MEDIA (PRINT)

  • MASS MEDIA (TELEVISION: SKAI, ANTENNA, MEGA, ALTER, STAR, ALPHA, NET, ET1, ET3)

  • MASS MEDIA (RADIO)

  • OTE: NATIONAL TELEPHONE OPERATOR

  • MOBILE TELEPHONE COMPANIES

  • SITES AND INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS

  • INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT "ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS"

  • MINISTRY OF ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

  • ATTICA PRIVATE HIGHWAY