Hard-hitting ISPCC video highlights dangers facing missing children

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) today release a new short film to raise awareness for its 116 000 Missing Children's Hotline.

You can watch it below. Warning: Some viewers may find it distressing.

The Hotline officially launched in June of this year and its aim is to provide advice and support to both young people and adults regarding the issue of missing children 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

"This powerful short movie highlights just one scenario that could occur when a child goes missing," the ISPCC said.

“Since 2008 there have been over 30,000 missing children reports in Ireland so it is vital that the public is aware that the 116 000 service is in operation," said Ashley Balbirnie, CEO of the ISPCC.

"The short movie shows a tragic scenario of a young girl who has run away and the key message behind the video is that when you think you have nowhere left to run, you still have somewhere left to turn."

The video was launched today to coincide with Ireland’s inaugural Missing Persons Day, which commemorate those who have gone missing and recognise the lasting trauma for their families and friends.

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- www.missingchildrenhotline.ie

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