International Missing Children's Day

Community Event

25th May 2016 00:01 - 23:59

Today marks International Missing Children's Day.

Every year May 25th is held as a day where people around the world commemorate the missing children who have found their way home, remember those who have been victims of crime, and continue efforts to find those who are still missing.

The main purpose of International Missing Children's Day is to encourage everyone to think about children who remain missing and to spread a message of hope.

Approximately 200,000 incidents of children going missing or absent are reported to the police each year. However, 70% children are never reported missing.

In the UK, a child is reported as missing every three minutes.

In the study 'Off the Radar' it was identified that a fifth of missing children had been sexually exploited, while all had taken drugs and alcohol. Two thirds admitted suffering street violence.

The symbol for International Missing Children's Day is the forget-me-not flower.

The observance of May 25 as Missing Children's Day began in the United States in 1983. In 2001, May 25 was first observed as International Missing Children's Day through the efforts of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), Missing Children Europe and the European Commission.

Find out more at Missing Kids UK or if you have any information about a missing child please call 116 000.