What to do when your child goes missing

What you can do now to help your child if he or she ever goes missing.

Did you know, according to South African Police Service Missing Persons Bureau, a child goes missing every six hours in South Africa? When something like this happens to you, it can make you feel powerless and hopeless, but there is something you can do now to help your child should they ever go missing.

Missing Persons South Africa, MPSA (Missing Persons South Africa) have redesigned their Interim ID Kit as part of their contribution to the 16 Days of Activism. The ID kit is free, child friendly, downloadable and available from the Missing Children South Africa’s website.

What is an Interim ID Kit?
The Interim ID Kit is a document serving as a guideline for parents and/or guardians as to what will be needed by Missing Children South Africa and the South African Police Service when a child goes missing. The ID Kit requires parents to include information about their child, such as personal details and distinguishing features.

  • Keep the Kit in a safe place
  • Update it at least once a year

Parents can now download the document, complete all the sections and fold it into a smaller document so that the child has his or her own identity (just like mom and dad’s).
To download your own Interim ID Kit, visit www.missingchildren.org.za or email. info@missingchildren.org.za to have one sent to you.

The international campaign, 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children begins on 25 November, 2012, which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10 December, 2012, which is International Human Rights Day.

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