To mark the 2014 International Missing Children’s Day, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, unveiled at a reception in the House of Lords in May two major initiatives to protect children from abduction.
The first was PACT’s Child Abduction Hub, a website dedicated to providing the latest information and data on child abduction of all kinds. The second was the re-launch by the charity Missing People of the Child Rescue Alert, through which the police can notify the media and public when a child goes missing and is thought to be in imminent danger. PACT itself had campaigned for the introduction of the Alert for over a decade.
This was a unique collaboration between charities, with PACT focusing on the prevention of child abduction and Missing People on the rescue and retrieval of abducted children. The two initiatives were made possible by the generous support of the People’s Post Code Lottery.