Sometimes you come across a charity that you hope you never need. ‘Missing people’ captured my imagination for no apparent reason although they ran a list of missing people in the last Big Issue.
Charity number 1020419 ‘Missing People’ offers a lifeline for the 250,000 people who run away and go missing each year. For those left behind, they search and provide specialised support to end the heartache and confusion.’
Missing Children Europe is a European federation for missing and sexually exploited children. They operate a European hotline telephone number 116 000 for missing children. The hotline is currently operational in all EU Member States with the above number handled in the UK by Missing People.
This follows on from this months launch of an inquiry by the All Party Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults. Their report supported by the Department of Education says that 64% of children living in children’s homes are living out of borough and of those 1990 children went missing last year, more than double the 2015 total. Anne Coffey, (MP for Stockport) and the groups chairman said, ‘Isolated and alone without family or friends they become prey targets for paedophiles and drug gangs and can become trapped in a brutal world. The children’s homes system is broken and catastrophically failing children and young people….’
- Didn’t we learn when we sent children to Australia and Canada? Then at least there was a war going on.
- Aren’t we learning when there are regular media reports of abuse, human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.
- Time for constructive action and greater moral fiber, not more inquiries.