National Safety Director, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.
NCMEC was established in 1984 as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to provide services nationwide for families and professionals in the prevention of abducted, endangered, and sexually exploited children. Pursuant to its mission and its congressional mandates (see 42 U.S.C. §§ 5771 et seq.; 42 U.S.C. § 11606; 22 C.F.R. § 94.6),
The NCMEC serves as a clearinghouse of information about missing and exploited children, operates a CyberTipline that the public may use to report Internet-related child sexual exploitation, provides technical assistance to individuals and law-enforcement agencies in the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of cases involving missing and exploited children, assists the U.S. Department of State in certain cases of international child abduction in accordance with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, offers training programs to law-enforcement and social-service professionals, distributes photographs and descriptions of missing children worldwide, coordinates child-protection efforts with the private sector, networks with nonprofit service providers and state clearinghouses about missing-persons cases and provides information about effective state legislation to help ensure the protection of children.
Child Safety - Forms of Child Identification
Nancy McBride with the National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children discusses child identification. What should you as a parent or guardian have on hand, should you have a photo? How often should it be updated? Where should you store this information?
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Nancy McBride: My name is Nancy McBride and I work for The National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children. Today we are going to be discussing child identification. What should you as a parent or guardian have on hand, should you have a photo? How often should it be updated? Where should you store this information? All of these issues will be discussed in today s discussion. I have been with The National Centre since 1990 and I have worked in this field for over 20 years, I have written a number of publications and articles on child safety. So let us get started, let us talk about child identification, how important it is and what you need to know.