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Missing Children Europe is the European Federation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children. As an umbrella organisation, it represents 28 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) active in 20 European Countries. Each of these organisations works directly with missing and/or sexually exploited children and their families.

In a Europe without borders, developing policies and projects for missing and sexually exploited children at a national level is one thing, but as this is an issue which literally crosses boarders, so European wide strategies are vital. Children abducted in one country, can easily end up in the next. A parent of a different nationality may decide to take the child back to their home country, abruptly ending all contact between the child and the other parent. Images of abuse produced in one country, can instantly be sold online in any other country. For these reasons, one of our core aims is to contribute wherever possible to the development of effective and practical European policies and projects.

Here's an idea of the sort of cases our member organisations are dealing with on a day-to-day basis:

RUNAWAYS : These cases represent more than a half of all disappearances. They cover minors (under 18's) who run away from home, from the institution where they have been placed or from their carers.

NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL PARENTAL ABDUCTIONS : this is where one parent takes a child without the consent of the other parent. Unfortunately, the figures relating to these cases have increased as divorce rates in Europe have risen.

MISSING UNACCOMPANIED MIGRANT MINORS : in these cases vulnerable migrant children arrive in the European Union alone and go missing from the shelters in which they have been placed by social services. Sadly, many of these children are victims of human trafficking.

ABDUCTIONS BY A THIRD PERSON and LOST, INJURED OR OTHERWISE MISSING CHILDREN : although, in fact, less common, these distressing cases are often highly publicised.

SEXUAL ABUSE : these cases involve children and families where sexual abuse has occurred.

CHILD PROSTITUTION : these cases cover the recruitment of children into prostitution as well as the child prostitutes themselves.

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY (Child Abuse Images): this covers the production, supply, possession or accessing of child pornography through all forms of media.

SOLICITATION OF CHILDREN FOR SEXUAL PURPOSES / GROOMING : in these cases, abusers make contact with a child, through social media or by other means, with the express intent of encouraging the child to engage in sexual activities or to participate in the production of child pornography. With social media, this form of abuse can take place across national borders.

SEX TOURISM these cases deal with the abuse of children abroad, primarily in countries that have no (or a very low) age of sexual consent.


For more information about these definitions please download MCE annual report

Missing Children Europe's overall mission

MCE's overall aim is to ensure that best working practices are implemented and rigorously observed across all EU Member States in the area of prevention as well as in actual cases of missing and sexually exploited children. In this way, victims and their families, no matter where they live, or where they find themselves will be able to access a consistently high level of help and support at a time when they are at their most vulnerable and confused.

How do we aim to fulfill this promise?

  • By stimulating cross-border cooperation (at European and national level) to tackle the fast-growing international nature of the problem.
  • By helping our members implement standardised best working practices so that no matter where they are, victims and their families will always receive the best possible support.
  • By helping our members in dealing with their own national governments and social services so that European legislation is implemented as quickly, efficiently and accurately as possible.
  • By developing European-wide tools to combat the disappearance and sexual exploitation of children.
  • By representing our members and their interests at an EU level.
  • By cooperating with the Washington-based International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMECwww.icmec.org ) and any other relevant international organisation.

Missing Children Europe promotes full respect for, and compliance with, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The representative capacity of Missing Children Europe has been recognised by important international institutions, like the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

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