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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:
 

  • Stranger abductions

  • Non-custodial parental abductions

  • Runaways

  • 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 Parent(s)

  • 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

  • Publication of 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
     

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