Past events indicate that the impact of missing children on the general public can be massive. Since last years, several initiatives are undertaken worldwide to support investigational proceedings concerning child disappearances. The main aim of these initiatives is clear: to retrieve missing children as quickly as possible by disseminating information to the public. Because of this, several organizations are involved in investigational proceedings and citizens are motivated to participate in search operations. The 'child alert'- project is an example of such an initiative. This article presents findings of a six-month research process. The Criminology Department of the University of Brussels compared the dissemination process that is currently used in Belgium with five other European countries having a Child Alert system. The analysis aims at describing the experiences with these systems and aims at drawing lessons that could be considered in the design child alert systems. The research uses a context-sensitive analysis, taking into account the local conditions, rules, regulations and stakeholders involved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChild Focus Brussels
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventUnknown -
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …

Publication series

NameChild Focus Brussels


Period1/01/10 → …

    Research areas

  • Child Alert, Public-private cooperation, Public information dissemination, Child disappearances

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