Why we do what we do

Our Mission

Our mission

Together towards a Common European Approach on Missing Children and Missing Persons

Every year 100.000 children go missing in the EU. Even though these numbers are staggering, missing is still ‘missing’ on the EU agenda. We want to change this.

Together with the Police Expert Network on Missing Persons, we have devised the Common European Approach on Missing Children and Missing Persons (CEA), a European-wide strategy supported by 4 pillars, that will help prevent children from going missing and ensure that appropriate action is taken if a child does go missing.

The CEA follows our 5-point Plan, which included 5 key points to better the protection of missing children in Europe. In 2016, A great majority of 465 Members of the European Parliament from all 28 Member States and all 9 political groups supported the 5-point Plan.

With Slovenia during their EU Council presidency, we supported their efforts to get the EU’s first Council Priority on missing persons successfully adopted.

We actively support the Spanish EU Council presidency with their great plan for an EU centre on missing persons.

Download Proposal Common European Approach

Join our mission to bring missing children home safely

Together we can save children’s lives.  Support the Common European Approach by bringing it to the attention of your local government and parliamentary representatives.

Read more about Missing Persons Risk Triage in our Guide
Learn more about the Police Expert Network on Missing Persons
Learn more about child alerts systems in Europe
Learn more about our prevention campaigns