ICMEC Publications

Part I – A statistical analysis of applications made in 2021 under the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction: Global Report


(HCCH) This is the fifth statistical study to look into the operation of the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This study concerns all applications received by Central Authorities in 2021. Previous Studies analysed data from applications made in 2015 (Fourth Study), 2008 (Third Study), 2003 (Second Study) and 1999 (First Study).  Read More

FOUND: A Story of Hope


Elieth Samara was abducted when she was just 19 days old. For 33 long hours, her mother Nayelly lived a nightmare until she was reunited with her daughter thanks to the tireless investigation of ICMEC and our allies around the globe. Watch this powerful story of heartbreak and hope. Once Elieth Samara was reported missing, ICMEC served as the on-the-ground advisor in the investigation. For 33 hours, ICMEC coordinated with dozens of partners from the U.S. Embassy, the Civil National Police, the Public Ministry in Guatemala, Alba-Keneth Alerts, and Facebook. These front-line child protection heroes acted swiftly and in coordination thanks to the training, technology and inter-agency collaboration that has been fostered for more than a decade.  While Elieth has been safely reunited with her mother, our work is not done. More than a million children like her are reported missing each year around the world – and many more are victims of abuse and exploitation. That’s why ICMEC remains dedicated to continuing our work, because one child missing, abused, or exploited is one too many.Read More

Child Protection, ICMEC Publications, International Schools, Parents, Mandatory Reporters, Schools, Teachers, Training

Mandatory Reporter Infographic for Youth Serving Professionals


(ICMEC) Your Role as a Mandatory Reporter - published by ICMEC to support youth serving professionals in identification of signs and indicators, grooming behavior and trauma informed response to child disclosure.  Additional support for training on identifying grooming is available in these additional resources.Read More

Child Abuse/Exploitation, Child Protection, Peer-Peer Abuse, Policies and Procedures, Schools, Teachers

School Based Violence Prevention Handbook


WHO - This handbook addresses the key elements of violence or abuse prevention in schools. It provides guidance for school officials and education authorities on how schools can embed violence prevention within their routine activities and across the points of interaction schools provide with children, parents and other community members. If implemented, the handbook will contribute much to helping achieve the SDGs and other global health and development goals. Produced by the World Health Organization in collaboration with UNESCO and UNICEF.  Available in English, Spanish and French.Read More

Safety Precautions for Teachers and Students During COVID


ISPCAN - Infographic to support healthy return to in person school. Read More

Child Sexual Abuse in Sports


(IICSA) - Findings of the Independent Inquiry into Childhood Sexual Abuse in the United Kingdom The report concludes with some suggestions for change from the victims and survivors. Including, continuing to raise awareness of sexual abuse in a sports context, better support and protection for those coming forward and improving the communication that organistions have with survivors of abuse.Read More

Education Portal Tour


(ICMEC) View this introductory tour on how to use the Education Portal.Read More

Glossary on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse


(United Nations) This glossary aims at compiling existing terminology and nomenclature related to sexual exploitation and abuse to provide conceptual clarity and a common understanding of key terms used by different United Nations entities in the discourse on this topic.Read More

Child Protection, Missing Children/Child Abduction

Identifying Risk Factors for a Potential Parental Child Abduction


(Return US Home) The following questions make use of the early identification risk factors for a Parental Child Abduction and can help to identify where a credible risk of abduction may exist. This list of questions is not exhaustive, but will help the court to determine when abduction prevention language should be utilized to protect the child’s right to safe and continual access to both parties. If one or more risk factors are identified, appropriate abduction prevention language should be utilized (see, Judicial Options for the Prevention of Parental Child Abduction and Parenting Plan Travel Restraint Examples).Read More

Child Protection, Missing Children/Child Abduction

Judicial Options for the Prevention of Parental Child Abduction


(Return US Home) Return US Home developed these tiered options for PCA prevention language to aid U.S. attorneys and judges in protecting a child under their purview from a potential abduction.  The document may be used alone, but is intended to be informed by a review of evidence and in consultation with the identifiable risk factors questionnaire and the Parenting Plan Travel Restraint Examples.Read More

Child Protection, Missing Children/Child Abduction

Parenting Plan Travel Restraint Language Examples


(Return US Home) This document provides examples of parenting plan travel restraints that have been reviewed by the appropriate U.S. Federal authorities for optimal language that may be acceptable for a Prevent Abduction Program request.Read More

Child Protection, Cybercrime

Digital Threats to Child Safety: A Brief Guide for Organizations on Outreach and Educational Activities


(ROCIT) In recent years, the theme of digital safety for children has become more urgent, and has led to the active organization of outreach activities to raise awareness regarding dangerous Internet content and to promote prevention of Internet-based threats. Secondary educational institutions, clubs for children and teenagers, cultural institutions, as well as the Internet, and in some cases, can all be utilized to this end and may provide a more systematic approach/framework/structure to the activities. Often organizers are hindered by a lack of information and a clear understanding of what should be discussed at such events. This guide is designed specifically for those cases in which professionals, who wish to engage in outreach/awareness work focused on digital content safety for children and adolescents, must first obtain a basic understanding of the problem and its characteristics in order to determine the further selection of specific materials and literature. The guide addresses the primary types of Internet content that pose threats to children along with basic steps to stop the circulation of these types of content.Read More

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