Police ended up looking for 8 missing kids after a surge of visitors rushed into seaside at Southend during weekend. A total of five officers from the community team were sent to find lost kids on Saturday and Sunday after hundreds of visitors rushed to soak up some sun.
Simon Anslow, Chief inspector for Southend said, we spend most of our time searching for kids who split from their parents. Last month, officers were given a simple task of searching three year old, five year old, two four year old, and a ten year. While at one point, police was searching for eight lost kids.
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All children were reunited with their parents. Anslow said, “We have lots of people coming down to Southend looking for a fun day out, perhaps not recognizing how quickly young children can disappear from sight.
“I am appealing that people coming to the town for the summer recognize that risk and are more vigilant around their children. It might not be as relaxing a day but nothing can be as stressful as losing a child, so it’s time well spent.
“It’s frustrating and it is fairly traumatic for us to deal with parents in a panic all day.”
He urges that people use Southend’s business improvement scheme of wristbands, which contain information about how lost kids can be reunited with their parents.
This year, five thousand wristbands will be printed and will be available in 30 different locations across the town and seafront in the month of June.
More than eighty thousand were distributed in the last three years and over 200 children were reunited with the help of this scheme.
Chairman Dawn Jeakings said, “The bands are out there and we just need to make sure people are aware of them and use them.”
“At the moment the bands have two numbers on them for parents if they get lost.”
How do kids feel when they are lost?
A social experiment was conducted to answer a number of questions. A lost kid stood alone for hours in middle of hundreds of people in Queen Street Mall in Brisbane. The kid was offered help by only 21 people from thousands of people who passed by.
Two child actors, Ava and Samuel, took their turns standing for 20 minutes as people pass by. It was a part of social experiment by children services provider “Key Assets Australia.”
One person who approached Ava was a father, who was with his two children. When he was informed about the social experiment, he said he had scary moments with his children were lost in this mall. It is a nightmare for parents.
The aim of this experiment was to spread awareness about children who need foster carers because of parent negligence.
One of the women who helped Samuel said that she really got a good message from this campaign. She doesn’t think any child should be left alone, and it is important that we find opportunities for children to make them happy.