Work programme

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Charlie Hedges Advisory is working with Amber Alert Europe as their European Alert Coordinator and Police Missing Child advisor to develop an expert network in relation to child alerts.  The objective is to assist European countries to establish effective child alert schemes that are also capable of working across international borders.

This has now developed into the Police Expert Network on Missing Persons (PEN-MP), which is the official European missing persons police network consisting of police experts in the field of missing persons from all over Europe. The PEN-MP, founded by the AMBER Alert Europe foundation, is officially recognised by the Council of the European Union and all member states.

Railway Children

The Railway Children have commissioned Charlie Hedges Advisory to conduct an initial scoping project to consider ways to improve the availability of support and assistance for runaway and other vulnerable children around the railway network and associated public spaces. This follows the Transport Select Committee report on Security on the Railway and its recommendations published Sept 2014 .  The remit of the work will extend to other transport networks and retail shopping outlets to examine ways to deliver a consistent approach across all of these areas.

Education World Forum

On Monday 19th January 2015 Charlie will be speaking at the Education World Form dinner, describing the benefits of child alerts systems and international cooperation in safeguarding the most vulnerable children.

Capita Conference

On Thursday 26th February 2015 Charlie is a keynote speaker at this important conference on Missing and Runaway Children in central London.

AMBER Alert Slovakia

On 31st March 2015, participated in the very successful launch of AMBER Alert Slovakia in Bratislava with good coverage from national media including a televised interview on their national news.

August/September FRONTEX deployment to Romania

A two week deployment working with FRONTEX as a specialist advisor on their VEGA children operation within Bucharest Airport in relation to vulnerable children.

Advisory Board: Lucie Blackman Trust

Charlie is now a member of the Advisory Board and is looking forward to working with the team.

Research report considering the use of child alerts

In conjunction with the University of Portsmouth, today sees the publication of the first report of its type into the use of child alerts in Europe.

Jamaica Constabulary Force and Hear the Children Cry training, Kingston, Jamaica

19th May 2016, completed training delivery in relation to missing children and child alerts in conjunction with Facebook and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children to a wide range of enthusiastic government and other organisations.

Antalya, Turkey

International meeting to discuss migration issues

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Valetta, Malta

Training on missing persons and the use of child alerts delivered to the police in Malta

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Lisbon, Portugal

With the conference organiser and President of APCD Patricia Cipriano and fellow speaker Joseph Rosenbaum at conference on the benefits of forensics in the investigation of missing children

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Prague, Czech Republic

Delivering training to the police from Czech Republic, Slovenia, Malta, Poland, Latvia, Hungary and Slovak Republic in relation to assessing risk to missing children


Understanding risk in the context of missing persons

A new publication that looks at risk in relation to missing persons and how to interpret the indicators of risk that have already been published but never explained.

Click to access Risk2016.pdf

CEPOL, the European police training organisation hosted a training event where Charlie Hedges and Carlo Schippers delivered an introduction to Risk Triage on 19th May 2022.

Charlie is now the chair of the trustees of Locate International, a charity dedicated to cold case reviews of missing person cases and the identification bodies that have been founded and never identified.

Given the complex nature of missing person incidents, a need was identified to simplify the task of navigating this and finding help and support easily. In order to do this, the Missing Persons Information Hub (MPIH) has been created. Its purpose is to signpost to relevant organisations, information, assistance and advice, for professionals, academics, families and missing persons. The site does not provide 24/7 help or support but does direct the enquirer to those who do. This was officially launched on 25th May 2022.

Missing you already…a guide to the investigation of missing persons was published in 2002 but still has relevance today.

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