Statistics from the National Children’s Registry (NCR) is showing a reduction in reports of missing children last year.
A total of 1,512 children were reported missing in 2018, which is the lowest figure since the establishment of the Ananda Alert system in 2009.
In 2017, a total of 1,674 children were reported missing, with 1,476 returned. There is a 90 per cent return/recovery rate of missing children in Jamaica.
Ananda Alert was launched after the abduction and murder of 11-year-old schoolgirl Ananda Dean in September 2008.
Acting Registrar at the NCR in the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), Warren Thompson, says the system was created out of the need for a speedier response to missing children reports, and to provide support to desperate parents who are “wondering what to do, where to go, how to begin.”
It is a multisectoral approach, involving various stakeholders, to rapidly get information on missing children out to the public, in order to ensure their safe and speedy recovery.