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Missing Child Search and Child Protection Home Link Network

A number of cases of missing children are reported in the State but many of them remain untraced because there are no effective strategies to tackle the problem at the state or national levels. Though some independent efforts have been made by law enforcing agencies and social justice institutions, there is still a lacunae in linking their efforts to track down missing children. Even ascertaining the exact number of missing children is difficult due to the lack of accurate data and effective strategies.

A concerted, multi-pronged effort is required to trace all missing children as many of them are reportedly subjected to different kinds of exploitation. The Don Bosco National Forum for Young at Risk initiated a national website and home link network supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in January 2007 as a pilot project. It is an online service exclusively meant to locate missing children. Anyone who loses his or her child can lodge a complaint with the website.

The Thiruvananthapuram Don Bosco Veedu Society, which is a collaborating institution under the Childline programme, has initiated the Missing Child Search (MCS) and Child Protection Home Link Network as a pilot project has been implemented in Kerala at Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam in cooperation with the Department of Social Justice.

This programme launched by the Social Justice Directorate centres on a website that is specially meant for finding missing children and reuniting them with their parents and relatives. Anybody can register the details of a missing child at the site  and the data on the site will be analyzed in an effort to locate the missing child.