Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Questions (205)

Joan Collins


205. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will provide an update in the 116000 missing child number. [21628/13]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The 116000 Missing Children Hotline is operated by the ISPCC in liaison with a cross-sectoral Project Team, chaired by my Department.

I am delighted to confirm that the phased implementation of the service, which commenced in December 2012, operating on a reduced hours pilot basis, has now become a full-time 24/7 service since Monday the 22nd of April 2013.

In addition I can confirm that:

- Memoranda of understanding between the ISPCC and the HSE, my Department and the Gardaí, respectively, were finalised in advance of the commencement of the pilot in December 2012.

- The funding received from both the EU Daphne fund and from my Department includes, in the establishment costs, the national promotion and advertisement of this Hotline service.

- The 116000 Missing Children Hotline service will be officially launched in Ireland on the 5th of June 2013.