The London Police Service is marking International Missing Children’s Day Wednesday.
The annual event is celebrated each year on May 25th to honour children who are missing and renew efforts to reunite families.
This year, London police has partnered with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to encourage Canadians to get involved by talking to children about personal safety and to join in the search for a missing child.
“International Missing Children’s Day is something that every parent should talk to their child about,” Constable Sandasha Bough tells AM980. “Keep the lines of communications open. Even through our community services unit, we have school safety officers that go out and speak to grade three students about personal safety and communicating with their parents. We always go over with them about telling their parents where they’re going, who they’re going to be with, and when they’re coming back.”
Bough also encourages children and parents to ask questions and call London Police for advice on a missing children incidents.
Citizens can join the conversation about International Missing Children’s Day by using the hashtag #MissingChildrensDay on social media.
Every year, more than 40,000 Canadian children are reported missing.
Anyone with information about a missing child is urged to contact MissingKids.ca online, or 24 hours a day by calling 1-866-KID-TIPS (1-866-543-8477).