Child Alert in Poland

Alerting the Nation

Alerting the Nation

A National Child Alert system, which immediately triggers a search campaign in response to the abduction of a baby, is being initiated by the police and Ministry of Home Affairs. During a recent press conference the system was presented as ready for action. A new advertising campaign will soon begin, the start of a much larger nationwide media campaign in Poland. Child Alert is an alarm system that puts into use all media channels, so that a picture of the missing baby is immediately published across the country via the internet, TV and in the press. Information boards at railway stations and at airports will also be used. Child Alert is already used in 11 EU states. The Missing Person’s Centre will be responsible for both operating the system and supervision of the special Child Alert number: 995. The Centre employs people with appropriate experience in searching for missing people. Moreover, the ITAKA foundation runs a campaign for what parents should do if their baby goes missing. ITAKA works closely with Child Alert. The whole Child Alert project has been funded by the EU at a cost of €97,000.

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