Your child cannot be found and hasn’t been in touch? There is no set waiting period before taking action. In the event of a disappearance, every minute counts. Find out the first steps you need to take urgently.
The police automatically record the missing person's report in the Confederation's computerised system, which is inaccessible to the public. They then perform an initial risk analysis concerning the safety, physical and psychological integrity of the child.
If the police officer in charge of your case decides not to issue a public missing person’s report, it may be because he or she believes that your child is not in great danger or that such publication could compromise the ongoing research.
In the event of a suspected departure abroad, the child must also be registered in the Schengen Information System (SIS). This international database can be accessed by the police of Schengen signatory states, customs and airport officers. If you are convinced that your child has gone abroad, make sure that the police have also entered him/her on the SIS.