After several years of advocating the ISPCC were awarded a European Daphne grant as well as funding from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to set up a Missing Children’s Hotline during 2012. The ISPCC has great expertise in offering listening services due to its 24/7 Childline service setup in 1988.
“In December the ISPCC launched the Hotline and the 116 000 number is now fully operational, on a pilot basis, in Ireland. The Hotline provides free emotional support and advice to children who are missing, their family and others responsible for them, and to the general public whether the child is lost, has run away or been abducted.” Rhona McGinn.
The Hotline also provides support and assistance to the HSE and An Garda Siochana who the ISPCC are working closely with to ensure a collaborative approach to dealing with missing children.
You can get in touch by phoning our free-phone number 116 000. The service is available from 8am–4pm and 10pm-8am every day. We envisage that the service will be available 24 hours a day from March 2013.
If you need free emotional support or advice on a missing child contact us on 116 000 – we’re here to listen.
The Hotline is not an emergency service, it is an emotional support service. If you need emergency assistance you should call the Gardai.
The number is currently operational in the following 22 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, UK, Serbia