What you can do if your child goes missing

Having information such as a child’s hair colour and fingerprints could prove crucial if a child goes missing
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Profile your child‚ because having his or her eye and hair colour‚ weight‚ height‚ recent photograph and fingerprints on hand could prove crucial if a child goes missing.

“Not all parents are aware of profiling their children. That is why we as an organisation recommend it‚ because then parents have all the information‚ should there be an emergency situation‚” Missing Children South Africa national case officer Bianca van Aswegen said.

According to Missing Children South Africa‚ 181 children were reported missing from May last year to April 30 this year. Of those‚ 145 children were found.

Van Aswegen said identity kits or profiles would ensure no time was wasted on getting all the child’s information in the event of a disappearance.

Identity kits usually contain the child’s weight‚ height‚ fingerprints‚ hair and eye colour‚ descriptions of scars and piercings‚ and a recent photograph.

The My Little Fingerprints project is growing popular since volunteer organisation The Pink Ladies were given the go-ahead‚ in conjunction with police and community policing forums‚ to publicly advise parents to fingerprint their children.

Pink Ladies co-director Jacqui Thomas said the law did not allow the information to be stored in a database‚ therefore the form was kept by parents.

“This information is extremely useful if or when a child is reported missing‚ as information is all in the same place and immediately accessible. It saves precious time‚” Thomas said.

-TMG Digital/TimesLIVE

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