Author(s): Yusuf INCI Serkan ALTUNTOP
Societies aiming to look confident in their future pay special attention to their children as adults of the future, makes treneous efforts to ensure their psycho-social development far from all sorts of abuse and neglect, do not refrain from spend their sources for this purpose and allocate serious amount of budget and make investments in education, health, security etc. Child abuse and/or neglect is a prevalent and serious barrier for the healthy development of children. A significant reflection of such abuse and/or neglect is missing children. Any single missing child has the potential to produce various problems and trauma for both himself/herself and his/her parents and country. Since it is difficult for missing children to maintain their lives on their own will they can easily expose to the threats of direct crime and/or criminal organizations. This research consists of two sections. In the first section, the research reviews the current literature on child abuse and missing children by browsing the publications, periodicals, internet sources and data from the relevant units about the issue. The second section tries to shed light on the motives and consequences of the problem by making a descriptive study on 296 missing children reported to law enforcement in amid-size metropolitan eastern city in 2012.