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Are there any other agencies who can help?

Depending on the circumstances you may choose to request the services of tracing organisations such as the Salvation Army or International Missing Persons Organisations. These agencies may not require the same information as Gardaí. They could ask for other details, especially if the person was last seen or heard from while overseas or living in a conflict zone or natural disaster area.

The Irish Missing Persons Association (www.missing.ws)  may be in a position to post the child’s photograph on their website.  See below for other supports:

Missing Persons Helpline
Contact Details
Phone: 1890 442552
Email:  missingpersons@garda.ie
The Helpline is operated by Missing in Ireland Support Service (MISS) a registered Charity.
The Helpline primarily focuses on assessment, resources and support for families and friends of Missing Persons. They will provide whatever assistance is practical or possible in order to assist in tracing the Missing Person. They are not however an investigative agency nor do they perform searches.

Psychological Society of Ireland
Log on to this website to find a psychologist in your area:www.psychologicalsociety.ie

Missing Persons Bureau
An Garda Síochána has a Missing Persons Bureau which is available as a support to its members and all aspects of missing persons investigations. 
One of the functions of the Bureau is to administer photographs of missing persons on www.garda.ie and www.missingkids.ie websites. through your local Garda member who is responsible for the missing person investigation, a photo of your loved one may be uploaded to the Garda and Missingkids websites. 
The Missing Persons Bureau is the point of contact for members of Child Rescue Ireland (CRI) Alert.  This is a system that enables An Garda Síochána to seek the assistance of the public where a child has been abducted and there is a reasonable belief that there is an immediate and serious risk to the health or welfare of a child.. 
Contact Details:
Phone: 01 6662615
Email:   missing_persons@garda.ie

The Free Legal Advice Centres is an independent legal rights organisation which exists to promote equal access to justice for all. FLAC recognises that many people cannot afford to access the legal help that they need to manage their affairs. FLAC cannot and does not attempt to substitute for the state funded legal aid services. However the organisation does offer some basic legal help to people in need of guidance.

Legal help is available in three ways:
  • For basic information over the phone or to get details of a local FLAC advice centre, lo-call 1890 350 250
  • For basic, one-on-one information and advice from a volunteer lawyer, visit a FLAC centre near you - see a full list of centres around Ireland at www.flac.ie/gethelp.  With the active co-operation and involvement of Citizens Information Centres, volunteers in FLAC centres deal with a wide range of legal issues. In addition, some centres in Dublin, Bray and Galway deal specifically with family law, employment law and immigration law queries.
  • For information to download, see our website at www.flac.ie/gethelp.

State legal aid
The state provides legal assistance on civil matters to people with low incomes who meet its criteria. The responsible state body is the Legal Aid Board. It can provide legal information and advice as well as representation in court. To learn more, check out the Board's website at www.legalaidboard.ie or read FLAC's guide to the state system

Central authority
Phone: + 353 1 479-0200
Fax: + 353 1 479-0201
E-mail: child_abduct_inbox@justice.ie (Queries/applications under the 1980 Hague Convention and Council Regulation 2201/2003 (Brussels II bis)
E-mail: internationalchildprotect@justice.ie (Queries/applications under the 1996 Hague Convention)

Missing Children Europe

Missing Children Europe is the European Federation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children. As an umbrella organisation, it represents 27 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) active in 21 Member States of the European Union and Switzerland. Each of these organisations is active in cases of missing and/or sexually exploited children at grassroots level, including prevention and support for victims.