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Children and Young AdultsCreated: 09-10-12

The following websites are for organisations aimed at helping children who go missing, or are thinking of running away, and their families. They also provide useful resources for police and other professionals working with missing or vulnerable children.


The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is the lead organisation for missing children in the UK and specifically works to eradicate the sexual exploitation of children. CEOP is responsible for the Child Rescue Alert system and works with a number or partner agencies to safeguard children.


The Missing Kids website is dedicated to finding Britain's missing children. Appeal posters can be downloaded from the website, which is linked to the Global Missing Children's Network.


Missing People is an independent charity providing a lifeline when someone disappears. It provides support for those left behind, as well as those who have gone missing but wish to seek help with getting in touch with family or are in need of advice.


The ChildLine service is provided by the NSPCC. Children and young people can contact them for advice on anything that is worrying them. ChildLine regularly provides advice and help for children who are experiencing abuse, family problems or who are thinking of running away.


Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) is a UK-based charity which identifies and protects children who have been separated from family members as a result of trafficking, abduction, divorce, conflict or asylum. The charity provides a National Advice Line for any enquiries that concern children and family welfare matters which cross international borders.


The Children's Society is a charity helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. Their work includes safeguarding children in care and young runaways. For example, the Check Point service provides free and confidential advice, information and support for young people aged 11-21 who are at risk on the streets.


ECPAT UK (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) is a leading children's rights organisation, campaigning against the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the UK and internationally.


Karma Nirvana is a support network for men and women who are victims, potential victims or survivors of forced marriage or honour-based violence. Karma Nirvana provides a confidential 'Honour Network' helpline.


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