"Since 2008 there have been over 30,000 missing children reports in Ireland so it is vital that the public is aware that the 116 000 service is in operation"
The main objective of the ISPCC Childline hotline is to provide advice and support to missing children and their families 365 days a year.
Someone might want to call the 116 000 Missing Children’s Hotline if a child in their family has run away, has been abducted, if they are seeking advice in relation to preventing a small child getting lost in a public place or perhaps if they would like someone to talk to in relation to a child that went missing a number of years ago and remains missing.
There are a number of support options available:
By dialling 116 000 the caller will be linked to someone they can talk to about the issue.
116 000 automated text support service. The Hotline can now send an automated supportive message, to a young person who is missing or thought to have runaway, to let them know about the hotline number; that it is a freephone number, that calls are not traced and that they can call in confidence. (This service will only be provided following receipt of written parental consent).
“There are a variety of instances where children can go missing, including running away, parental or criminal abduction, lost or unaccompanied children. Any of these instances is very distressing for a child or their loved one, which is why we established this emotional support service. We once again remind people that the ISPCC 116 000 Missing Children’s Hotline is not an emergency service. In the case of an emergency please telephone the Gardaí on 112/999. If you want to help raise awareness of this important issue please share the video with the hashtag #MissingChildren.”