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What to do if your child is missing

If your child is missing, the first thing you should do is contact the local Gardaí.  Informing An Garda Síochána at the earliest opportunity that a child is missing is very important.  You should have as much information to hand regarding your child's dissappearance as possible. 

You should have the following information to hand:
  • Your child’s full name
  • Your child’s age
  • Your location of residence
  • Any medical requirements your child has
  • A description of what your child is wearing
  • Why you think your child is missing
If a teenager is missing from home or has failed to return home as agreed, try to telephone them and follow with a text message without calling repeatedly.  Check their bedroom to see if they have taken any personal affects or money with them.

If a young child is missing from home, search your home including closets, the inside of large appliances, and vehicles at your home.

Once you have reported the incident to the Gardaí, feel free to telephone 116 000 for further guidance and emotional support.   

We know that children going missing can be a very frightening experience for both a parent and the child themselves.  If you do find yourself in this situation, try to stay calm.  

Do not delay in telephoning the Gardaí.  

If your child is lost in a public place, go to the last place that you saw them and send another trusted adult to look for them.  

If you are in a shop or shopping centre, notify the store manager.  

If you are near water, alert the RNLI.