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What should you do if a person goes missing?

  • Do a quick search of the area where your child was last seen
  • Call 911 immediately and ask for help from your neighbourhood police station
  • Prepare a list of pertinent information such as:
    • The last place your child was seen
    • A description of what the child was wearing
    • Any health problems (allergies, chronic illnesses, medications)
    • If you think it's a fugue or not
    • Any other appropriate information
  • Call the Missing Children's Network at 514 843-4333 or 1 833 632-4673, to notify them of your child's disappearance and get help
  • Tell your neighbours, friends and family, and ask for their help


What can you do to increase your children's safety?

Make sure your children know their address and phone number

  • Your children should know their full name, address and phone number

Make sure your children can reach you by phone at all times
Never leave your children alone (in the car, in the house or anywhere else), even for a few seconds

  • Make sure that your children always go from place to place with a friend, a family member or a trusted adult

Always know where your children are and who they are with

  • Get to know your children's friends and their parents

Do not mark your children's names visibly on their possessions
Always let your children know who will be picking them up from school or daycare

  • Choose a password to use if you send another adult to pick them up
  • Always check the sitter's references before allowing them to babysit your children

Remind your children never to reveal personal information when they are surfing the Internet

  • Put the computer in a place where it is accessible to the whole family

Remind your children of the safety rules every time they go out (for example, to daycare or to the mall)

  • Always keep your children in sight in public places
  • Help your children identify safe places to turn to for help

Make sure your children know the following motor vehicle safety rules:

  • Never get into a car with a stranger, for any reason
  • Never get close to the car when someone stops to ask for directions
  • Never get into a car with someone you know without telling your parents first
  • Scream and run if a stranger tries to drag you into a car. Then memorize and write down the licence plate and report the incident to your parents, a teacher or a Police Officer
  • If a friend gets into a stranger's car, write down the licence plate and call their parents, a teacher or 911 immediately

Tell your children that if they need help, they should tell the first person of authority they see (Police Officer, crossing guard, school staff member, letter carrier, taxi driver)

  • They can also go into a business (a corner store, for example) and tell the cashier
  • They can go to a neighbour or friend's house
  • They can go to a house with a Parents-Secours


For further information, please consult the website of our partner, the Missing Children's Network.

+ See also : Runaway-Child