Child Rescue Alert

23rd February 2016

I am more than happy to support and raise awareness for Child Rescue Alert.

Child Rescue Alert is a partnership by the National Crime Agency, Missing People and education technology company Groupcall. It has been available as a national policing tool since 2008 and was enhanced in 2014 to allow the public to get involved thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund.

In 2016, the service is being funded by Royal Mail, which has registered the handheld devices of 123,000 postmen and women across the UK to receive alerts. To mark the one-year anniversary of the partnership with Missing People, Royal Mail has contributed £16,000 to fund the national Child Rescue Alert system in 2016.

Missing People charity patron Stephen Fry, who appears in the new advertising campaign, has said:

“I am delighted to be the animated face of this campaign. I believe that Child Rescue Alert should be a national institution – something for everyone to find out about and sign up to. It reminds me of a fire extinguisher – everyone should have one ready to use at a moment’s notice but we all hope that we will never need it.”

I would urge constituents to consider registering to receive Child Rescue Alerts, which can be done on the campaign website, and to spread the word about a very worthwhile campaign.

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