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Child alert in Poland! Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

Thousands of children disappear around the world each day and time is a critical factor in finding them unharmed (całych i zdrowych) and in their safe return home. To combat this phenomenon, countries in Europe have been implementing national child alert systems (The European Child Alert Automated System – ECAAS). The systems are a public emergency broadcast system (awaryjny system nadawania publicznego) that notifies the public when a child has gone missing and enlists the public’s assistance to find the child.

Poland is ready to launch its Child Alert campaign – a system designed to fight against child abduction and kidnapping.

This year alone, police statistics state that a total of 6,485 children were reported missing throughout the country: 382 (under 7), 811 (aged 7-13) and 5,292 (aged 14-17). These stats are comparable with 2012, however do show a sharp increase compared to 2011 due to a rule which now includes “parental abduction”.

This new system is designed to locate the child as soon as possible by sending out information about the disappearance to a great number of people who may be able to supply a potential lead. The system has been working effectively in some European countries and has been a huge success in finding endangered missing children. However as borders within the EU are relaxed, more and more children are transported across national borders and cooperation between member states is crucial to successful finding our missing children.

So far, Child Alert is operational in 11 European Union countries; Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Germany, Portugal, Romania, the UK and Italy. It is also currently in use in Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico and the United States.

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


  1. marie.reimers:

    OK, Slovakia. Get on board with this.