Child Rescue Alert
Child Rescue Alert (CRA) is a partnership between the police, the
media and the public that seeks the assistance of the public where
a child has been abducted and it is feared that they may be at risk
of serious harm.
The aim of Child Rescue Alert is to activate a fast time
response to help find an abducted child before they come to any
harm. The scheme works by local media agreeing to interrupt
television and radio programmes with news flashes alerting the
public and asking them to call 0300 2000 333 if they have crucial
The intention of activating Child Rescue Alert is to recover the
child unharmed. The key aim is to quickly recover a child at
serious risk of harm. The child’s safety is paramount and arrest of
the offender is an ancillary benefit.
When to launch an alert
There are four key criteria to be met before a Child Rescue
Alert is issued:
- A child apparently under the age of 18 is missing.
- There is reasonable belief that the child is in imminent danger
of serious harm or death.
- There is a reasonable belief that the child has been kidnapped,
abducted or taken under the influence of a third party.
- There is sufficient information available to enable the public
to assist the police to locate the child.
A typical appeal will include the description of the child, a
description of the suspected abductor and any vehicle they are
driving, together with location details.
How can you help
Members of the public will be encouraged to keep their eyes and
ears open for anything that may help the police in finding the
abducted child. If they see anything they should call the police on
0300 2000 333.
You can also download the Child Rescue Alert app which is
available from the Apple store http://appsto.re/gb/qgVv0.i
and also on Android