It’s every family’s worst nightmare. You might get home from work only to find that your child didn’t return from school or college. Or perhaps you are having a family day out, and your young child wanders off when your back is turned for a brief second. No one ever wants to lose their child or for their teen to go AWOL, but sometimes the unthinkable happens.
In this situation, most parents might be inclined to start panicking. However, that will only make things worse – in this situation, it’s much better to try to stay level headed. That way, you can use your best common sense to try to find your child. If you use your common sense alongside all of these tips, then you stand a better chance of bringing them home safe and sound.
Ring Around Their Friends And Relatives
Your first step should be to call all of your child’s friends. They might be with them or, if not, they might have an idea of where they have got to. It’s also a good idea to call around all of your family members, especially if you have recently been arguing with your child. Some children, especially teenagers, could have gone around to a trusted aunty or uncle to wait until the situation at home cools down. Simply put, it’s worth calling anyone who has any link whatsoever to your child. You never know who they might have turned to for help.
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Contact The Police
If your child has been missing for a few hours and there is still no sign of them, it’s time to call the police. This is especially important if your child is vulnerable because of a physical or mental illness. This may seem like quite a drastic step, but it ensures that the police start their searches early on when they have a much better chance of finding your child close to home. They will also be able to speak to any witnesses while the events are still fresh in the witnesses’ minds. Not only that, though, but the police will also be able to assign you specialist family support offices who can help you stay calm and positive during this difficult time.
Check Their Phone’s Location
It is also worth checking to see if they have left their phone’s location left on. If they have, you should be able to check tracking software to see where their phone is. It could be worth giving the police information about your child’s phone as their tracking software will be very sophisticated. One handy tip is to use install some tracking software on your child’s phone right now, before they have the chance to go missing. You can find some at this phone tracking app site This should help you find your child even if they have turned off their phone’s location. As well as that, it should give you a log of their message and call history, which could give you further clues as to where they are.
Take A Look On Their Social Media Profiles
You may be able to gain further clues from your child’s social media profiles. This could be especially useful when you are looking for teenagers who have ran away or gone AWOL. For instance, you might see a comment on their facebook page from a friend that gives you an insight into where they are. They might have even posted Instagram photos of stories from where they are, which should be able to guide you to them.
Phone Their School Or College
It might also be worth giving your child’s school or college a quick ring to explain the situation to them. They might be able to tell you where your child is – for instance, they might have gone to an after-school club but forgot to mention it to you. If they can’t tell you specifically where they are, they might still be able to shed some light on things for you. For example, one of the teachers might have spotted your child leaving with a friend at the end of the day.
Try To Contact Them Telling Them Everything Will Be Alright
It’s always a good idea to send your child a text message or email appealing to them to return home. Tell them that you aren’t mad at them and that you just want them back safe and sound. They might be worried about being in trouble, which could put them off returning home.
Let’s hope your child never goes missing!