Street Children

The Prevalence, Abuse & Exploitation of Street Children

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Runaways - Where To Turn For Help Before You Are Homeless

Rebeccas Community -- This is for anyone aged up to 13 years old who is thinking about running away

[accessed 18 August 2020]

Here are some phone numbers to call …They are Confidential - which means they won't tell anyone about your call unless you want them to talk to somebody for you, or you are in danger.  They are open 24 Hours - it doesn't matter what time you call

24 Hour HOTLINE   1-800-THE LOST   1-800-843-5678

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

If you think you have seen a missing child, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

24 Hour CyberTipline

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

[accessed 18 August 2020]

NCMEC’s CyberTipline is the nation’s centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children. The public and electronic service providers can make reports of suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts, extra-familial child sexual molestation, child pornography, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names, and misleading words or digital images on the internet.

Runaway and Homeless Youth

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

[accessed 18 August 2020]

Youth runaways and homelessness is often linked to justice system involvement. Research has shown that these children also face a range of challenges related to their health, emotional well-being, safety, and development.

FIND HELP -- Get help for runaway and homeless youth by calling 1-800-786-2929 or texting 66008.

Victims and Family Support

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Download NCMEC's Resources for Child Sexual Exploitation Survivors and Their Families PDF in English and Spanish

Coping with the traumatic experience of having a missing and/or sexually exploited child demands courage and determination for all involved. NCMEC provides a wide range of support services for victims and their families including crisis intervention, emotional support, referrals to appropriate community agencies and mental health professionals, peer connection, and reunification assistance.

Hanoi helps underprivileged children - free hotline 1 800 1567

VietNamNet Bridge, 07/01/2008

[accessed 25 August 2011]

With the assistance of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Hanoi Youth Union and the Hanoi Women’s Union have set up healthy life clubs in two districts, drawing the participation of many underprivileged children.  In particular, the free hotline 18001567 has provided needed consultancy to more than 2,100 street children.

The CyberTipline - 1-800-843-5678

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

[accessed 18 August 2020]

Search Missing Posters

Make a Tipline Report

Amber Alerts

What is CYBERTIP.CA ?  [Canada]

Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc.

[accessed 18 August 2020] is Canada's National Tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children. It is a centralized web portal for receiving and addressing reports from the public regarding child pornography, luring, child sex tourism, and children who are exploited through prostitution.

European Union – Report Missing Children – Call 116 000

Missing Children Europe

[accessed 18 August 2020]

The 116 000 is the European hotline number reserved by the European Commission for missing children.  Through this number, parents faced with a missing child in their country or in another European country, will increasingly have access to the life saving support they need, as the number is connected to the national organisation, specialised in dealing with these cases.

As research shows the first hours after the disappearance of a child are of vital importance. Therefore having such "an easy to remember" telephone number at the disposal of parents across Europe is extremely important for an immediate action of the responsible local authorities.

The number is currently operational in the following European countries:    Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom