NSL’s eyes and ears to support local searches for a missing child


The thought of their child going missing is the worst nightmare for a parent. But Child Rescue Alert – managed by the Missing People charity in partnership with National Crime Agency and Groupcall – is helping to ensure as many people as possible are on the lookout to help find any missing child. Now, thanks to the foresight and determination of a member of NSL’s civil enforcement team, there are even more eyes and ears on the ground in local communities all over the country.

Recognising the importance of Child Rescue Alert, Paul Abbott, a Senior Civil Enforcement Officer working for NSL on behalf of Worthing Borough Council, has played a central role in encouraging colleagues right across the UK to register for the alerts. He has also promoted the benefits of the Child Rescue Alert on NSL’s stall at the popular Broadwater Fire station Open Day and Carnival in Worthing and will give a presentation at the start of a new school year at a local academy school. His efforts have already resulted in a significant increase in the number of people registered to receive alerts.

“As civil enforcement officers we work right out in the heart of local communities, so we are well placed to keep a close eye out for a missing child in a local area,” says Paul. “Thankfully, such incidents are not common. But, when a child does go missing, every second counts so I’m really pleased such a large number of colleagues have registered to receive alerts. I’m also really chuffed that our efforts to promote the Child Rescue Alert programme closer to home area have resulted in so many new registrations from members of the public in and around Worthing.”

Paul’s idea for the company to support Child Rescue Alert came through NSL’s MyContribution scheme, a company-wide initiative to encourage and harness new ideas and suggestions from each staff member.. A Missing People representative assisted Paul with his initial briefing to colleagues and explained how easy it is to register for Child Rescue Alert.

“Paul’s suggestion is an example of just show how much our Civil Enforcement teams care for the wellbeing of their local communities and I’m delighted his enthusiasm for such an important programme is shared by colleagues all over the country,” says NSL’s Mark Hoskin, Executive Director of Local Government. “It’s particularly pleasing that such a simple but effective idea has been prompted by our call for new ideas and the foresight and dedication of an individual member of staff. In this case, it’s no exaggeration to say that everyone who registers for alerts could help to save a child’s life.”

Child Rescue Alert is managed by the charity Missing People in partnership with the National Crime Agency and Groupcall. Alerts can be received via SMS and email. To find out more and register visit: www.childrescuealert.org.uk.

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For further information, please contact Luke Allen, Director of Communications, 07468 701361, or Luke.Allen@nsl.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

NSL is a leading UK company specialising in the delivery and management of frontline services in complex public sector and regulated environments. Our core services include business process management; enforcement; passenger and social transport; street management and technical design services. We currently have over 70 contracts with local, regional and central government, as well as with the airport and the private sector, and have delivered contracts for high-profile government agencies, such as The Royal Parks, DVLA, Transport for London and Transport Northern Ireland.