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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 information.

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  


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