The INTERACT Handbook is now available in 5 languages

Today Missing Children Europe launches several translations of the “Practical guidance on preventing and responding to trafficking and disappearances of children in migration” (Interact Handbook). This Handbook, originally published in English in December 2019, is now available in DutchFrenchGreek and Italian.

The Interact handbook addresses several practical issues related to the protection of migrant children at risk of (re)trafficking, including among others perspectives of actions related to prevention, the importance of risk assessment, GDPR concerns and actions to take when a child goes missing. The handbook includes good practices and practical ready-to-use tools in the form of checklist templates, and standardised flowcharts of action to improve prevention, response and after care of missing children in migration, including when the case involves multiple countries.

Therefore, this handbook can be used by professionals in their daily work, but also as a basis of training on specific matters related to the disappearance of children in migration, especially when linked to trafficking and exploitation.

The Handbook also provides practical solutions to gaps identified during the simulations of cases of missing children in migration, organized in 6 countries to test practices and procedures for multi-agency collaboration at national and cross-border level. Through an innovative methodology designed for this project, ninety professionals from Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Sweden and UK worked together to find Abena and Qiro, fictive cases of children in need of protection, and made real time judgement calls on how to cooperate with partners within and outside of the country. The goal of the simulations was to identify the gaps in the knowledge and practice of frontline agencies and organisations in Europe in their coordinated response to cases of missing unaccompanied and separated children at risk of (re-)trafficking.

The Handbook is co-produced by Missing Children Europe and ECPAT UK and benefitted from inputs of all the organisations belonging to the INTERACT Project’s partnership. For more information, you can visit the project page here.

Language versions:

English

Dutch

French

Greek

Italian

If you are interested in translating the Handbook in another language, or want to organise a training or a simulation exercise, please contact laure.vierset@missingchildreneurope.eu.

INTERACT Partners:


Join the #NotFoundPledge campaign this NotFound Day

"At 13, I was kidnapped and held captive by an online predator. No trace was left behind. I was rescued because the man who kidnapped me live streamed the abuse and someone recognized the little girl in that video as the little girl on the missing poster. Every child deserves the same chance of recovery I received. These posters are a simple and effective tool in bringing our missing home." - Alicia Kozak, Motivational Speaker, Internet Safety Expert, Victim and Missing Persons Advocate, Abduction Survivor

 

25 September 2020

Every year on 25 September, Missing Children Europe marks the launch of the NotFound, a software which turns useless 404 error pages into missing children posters. With the help of missing children organisations providing data for the error pages and partners using the platform, posters of missing children were displayed almost 120 million times across 7 European countries!

What is NotFound?

NotFound is an easy and FREE web software that makes a difference in the lives of missing children, giving hope to their families. With NotFound, website owners can replace their ‘404 Error - Not Found’ pages with posters and details of missing children. It functions worldwide by incorporating geo-localized technology and users only see the details of missing children provided by partners in the nearest area. Moreover, using NotFound increases Google search ranking and improves the user experience!

This year, Missing Children Europe and Famous Grey are pleased to announce the revamp of the NotFound website. The new look features creative illustrations of children and their families and vibrant colours bringing it into modern times. Why not take some time to navigate the new website - notfound.org? If you like what you see - then help us spread the word by sharing with your contacts.

“The #NotFound pages generate millions of views for our missing children notices and are a very important channel for Child Focus.  Hereby a warm call to all managers and webmasters to install the #NotFound pages on their website.” Heidi De Pauw – CEO at Child Focus

 Join the NotFoundPledge 

To also mark the occasion, Missing Children Europe and its members challenges you to take part in the #NotFoundPledge which aims to encourage schools, organisations, as well as the general public to spread the word about the ingenious application. Just think, by simply implementing the NotFound software onto your website and pledging to spread the word about NotFound to your contacts, you will help widen the search for children that are missing.

Want to join?

1) Help find missing children across Europe by simply implementing the NotFound web software onto your website – turning useless error pages into supporting a worthy cause.

2) Join us today on 25 September in the #NotFoundPledge. Spread the word about NotFound to as many contacts to ensure we take part in finding missing children across Europe. Don’t forget to use our hashtag #NotFoundPledge and tag us on social media:

Twitter: @notfoundorg @MissingChildEU | FB: MissingChildrenEurope |

#NotFoundPledge raised! Spread the word about the @notfoundorg and help find missing children. How? Download the NotFound to your website – it will convert all useless 404 error pages into posters of missing children. Don't forget to nominate 3 people. Good luck!

About NotFound:

The Notfound is a web app that converts a website’s useless 404 error pages into posters of missing children. It was created in 2012 by Missing Children Europe, Child Focus and Famous Grey. Almost 6300 websites in seven European countries are already involved in the operation and more than 120 million photos of missing children have been displayed. Find out more: notfound.org

The following partners provide data for the missing children posters displayed on the 404 error pages:: Famous Grey, Child Focus, 116 000 Enfants Disparus, and Missing People.

About Missing Children Europe

Missing Children Europe is the European federation for missing and sexually exploited children, representing 31 organisations from 26 European countries. We provide the link between research, policies and organisations on the ground to protect children from any kind of violence, abuse or neglect that is caused by or results from them going missing. Find out more: www.missingchildreneurope.eu

Contact

Musu Kargbo-Reffell, Communications Officer at Missing Children Europe

Email: Musu.Kargbo-Reffell@missingchildreneurope.eu


Vacancy for a Communications and Fundraising Intern

Missing Children Europe is looking to recruit a Communications and Fundraising Intern for 6 months. This will be a unique opportunity to gain an insight into how a Child Rights NGO operates its internal and external communications and fundraising efforts to support the work of its network at a European level.

Missing Children Europe is the European Federation for missing and sexually exploited children, representing 31 organisations from 26 European countries. We provide the link between research, policies and organisations on the ground, to protect children from any kind of violence, abuse or neglect that is caused by, or results from them going missing. 

Purpose

The Communications and Fundraising Intern will support the daily tasks of Missing Children Europe’s internal and external communications and fundraising work. You will report to the Interim Communications Officer, Partnership and Fundraising Officer and Secretary General. Tasks may include: 

 

Job tasks:

Proofreading and Copywriting

· Proofread all the content created or generated for marketing purposes and/or to support projects and fundraising efforts

· Assisting, developing and writing newsletters, press releases, blog articles etc.

Monitoring and updating channels

· Assist strategy and implementation of marketing and dissemination needs related to existing apps, publications, events, videos as well as new content relating to website and video needs

· Create and disseminate regular social media content and topical campaigns

· Update Missing Children Europe website (WordPress)

· Update mailing lists (CRM database)

· Media monitoring and reporting on communication campaigns, social media reach and engagement, Google analytics, bitly etc

· Assist in advertising campaigns on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn etc.

Designing

· Support projects, fundraising events and campaigns with the necessary marketing and communication efforts such as the designing (Adobe package), printing and translation of posters, invites, save the dates, publications etc.

· Make efforts to ensure the brand of the organisation is strong, consistent and enforced in internal and external efforts

Fundraising

· Desk research on relevant fundraising trends and opportunities

· Support development and coordination of project proposals

· Update donors, sponsors, and partners list on CRM database

· Draft thank you letters to donors, sponsors, and partners

· Assist with the organisation of fundraising events and activities

We are looking for someone with excellent organisational, communications and creative skills with an interest in the NGO sector.

You will:

·        have an undergraduate degree or similar qualifications

·        be familiar working with websites, particularly WordPress

·        have creative and design skills – familiar with Adobe Suite – Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign etc.  

·        some knowledge of video editing is desirable (Premiere Pro is a plus)

·        be confident and proficient in our working language – English (French is a plus)

·        have the willingness and interest in learning new IT skills (e.g. CRM database)

·        be able to work well to tight deadlines

·        have the ability to work independently using your own initiative

·        communicate well and effectively with other team members and our Member organisations.

·        be able to work remotely and in the office as per our COVID-19 policy (see below).

Our offer 

An exciting internship for 6 months in a small, dynamic organisation dealing with problems related to the disappearance and sexual exploitation of children at a European level with possibility to take part in internal staff and member organisations training.

Remuneration

This is an unpaid position. Expenses such as travel and lunches (up to 6 euros), when working at the office, or a contribution towards your internet costs as well as printing postage and consumables, while working from home, will be covered up to a set maximum. We are looking for candidates who are required to do an internship as part of their higher education requirements.

Duration6 months

Starting date:  Mid-January 2021

If you believe you qualify for this position please send along your CV (max 2 pages) and cover letter (1 page) addressed Jagoda Luto or Musu Kargbo-Reffell at Missing Children Europe, by email: jagoda.luto@missingchildreneurope.eu by 23 December. The email must be titled “Communications and Fundraising Intern 2020”. Interviews are planned to take place the week of 11/12 January 2021. Please note only short-listed candidates will receive an interview.

Staff recruited by Missing Children Europe will be asked to comply with our child protection policy, including necessary vetting and background checks of personnel. Missing Children Europe is an equal opportunity employer and does not to discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

Covid-19 policy

Missing Children Europe expects all staff and interns to adhere to our Covid-19 policy. This includes working from home when local authorities encourage it and working at the office on a rotating schedule when the situations allows it.


Mediation Week 2020: children want their parents to find solutions after separation

Today marks the beginning of International Mediation Week which aims to promote the importance of family mediation in parental abduction cases. Mediation remains a solution that is not sufficiently used in Europe, although recent research by Missing Children Europe revealed that children want their parents to find solutions in these conflicts and believe mediation can be helpful. This week, Missing Children Europe and members will highlight the request of children across Europe to their parents to work towards agreements when they separate, through the #HearMeOut campaign.

In Europe, a continent without borders, international marriages are increasingly commonplace. In recent years, there were about 240 to 250 thousand marriages between a foreigner and a national in Europe and the proportion of mixed marriages totalled 15%. In some cases, the marriage falls apart and escalates into a family conflict. When a parent takes his/her child to another country without the permission of the other parent, we talk about international child abduction. In Europe, parental child abductions account for ¼ of the missing children cases reported to the European missing children hotlines.

Going to court seems to be the most obvious solution to resolve these family conflicts, but this experience can be very traumatic for the child, who is caught in the middle, and for the parents, who often end up in a legal custody battle for years. Instead international family mediation has proven to be a more efficient and less conflictual procedure. In mediation, trained professionals engage directly with the parents to find a solution that reflects the specific family situation, is acceptable for both parties and places the needs and wellbeing of the children at the centre of the process.

Children are convinced that their parents are best placed to take decisions on their future. They want their parents to find solutions together and believe their parents are capable. But sometimes, when conflicts are high, they might need some help to refocus on the best interest of their children. And mediation can be an excellent tool to help parents. Through the #HearMeOut sticker campaign, we provide a clear message to the parents across Europe to focus on the interest of their children and move away from the underlying conflict. - Hilde Demarré, Policy Officer at Missing Children Europe who was involved in research with children.

You can learn more about the #HearMeOut campaign here.

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Mediation is voluntary and confidential. As a result, mediation agreements tend to work more in the long run because both parents find it is a fair solution. It is also more cost and time effective than court litigation.

Missing Children Europe is the European Federation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children, representing 31 grassroot NGOs in 26 European countries. Missing Children Europe coordinates the Cross-Border Family Mediators Network that consists of over 200 trained family mediators who help prevent and resolve cross-border family conflicts including parental abduction. Find out more about cross-border family mediation here.

What is mediation and how does it work? Watch the video here.

Media Contact:  hilde.demarre@missingchildreneurope.eu, +32 478 97 87 76