Who We Are:
The Greek Centre for Missing & Exploited Children
is one of the departments within the registered, non-government organisation,
The Smile of the Child. The Smile of the Child
is on the Board of Directors of the International Center for Missing & Exploited
Children (ICMEC) and on the Board of Directors of Missing Children Europe (MCE).
It is also a member of the Global Missing Children's Network (GMCN). The Smile
of the Child is also associated with the UN Department of Public Information and
has special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council.
The Greek Centre is staffed primarily by social workers, psychologists and legal
consultants. Within Greece, the Greek Centre works very closely with the Greek
National Police, Public Prosecutor for Minors and the mass media. In fact, once
the Greek police determine that there are reasonable grounds to believe that a
missing child is in immediate danger and they issue an alert, it is the Centre
that is responsible for activation of AMBER Alert Hellas in Greece. AMBER Alert
Hellas is an emergency public broadcast system which enables law enforcement to
seek the public's assistance to locate a child.
The Greek Centre also works closely with law enforcement from all over the
world, with Interpol, Europol, the IOM and other national and international
bodies that work in the field of child protection and children's rights.
With the assistance of ICMEC and the Greek Government, a South-Eastern European
Centre for Missing & Exploited Children will be opening in Greece to coordinate
efforts of law enforcement, public prosecutors and other stakeholders in the
region in finding missing children. As well, the Greek Centre actively advocated
for a European-wide child alert system and is currently coordinating a European
funded project to create an automated cross-border child alert system in Europe.
The Greek Centre runs the European Hotline for Missing Children "116000" in
Greece and is responsible for activation of AMBER Alert Hellas.
What is a "Missing Child":
The Greek Centre uses definitions found in international Conventions and
instruments to define "missing" and "child". Thus, a missing child is defined as
"any child, under 18 years of age, whose whereabouts are unknown by his/her
custodial parent(s) or legal guardian(s)".
Missing Children Cases in which we can assist:
Child Victims of Trafficking
or Unaccompanied Minors
Lost, Missing or
Otherwise Injured Children
Legal Requirements for our Assistance:
Formal Complaint Filed with
the Greek National Police or equivalent body in international cases
Sworn Affidavit from both
parents or parent with custody
Where one parent has custody,
a true copy of the Court Custody Order
In Parental Abduction Cases
the Custody Order and all other accompanying legal documents
Photograph of the Child
What We Do:
In summary, The Greek Centre for Missing &
Exploited Children provides the following services to the public:
24/7 European Hotline for
Missing Children: 116000
Psychological Support to
Assistance and consultation
with law enforcement and other agencies in investigating missing children cases.
Where Greek National Police
have reasonable and probable grounds to believe a child is in immediate danger,
we activate AMBER Alert Hellas- the public emergency broadcast system
Communication with mass media
through radio, television and print
photograph and information on our site (www.hamogelo.gr)
and on the GMCN site (www.missingkids.com).
Creation and distribution of
posters in all publicly accessible areas
Creation of photographic
leaflets distributed through the Ministry of Protection for the Citizen to all
patrol cars in Greece
Coordination of public and
private agencies and businesses
Psychological support and
counselling of children once they have been found.
National and international
advocacy in the field of child protection and children's rights