The Missing and Exploited Children’s Program (MECP) aims to address unmet needs within the missing and exploited children sector through the development and dissemination of a wide variety of resources. Learn about juvenile justice-focused publications and other resources available from OJJDP and other agencies within the Office of Justice Programs, other government departments, and agencies and organizations around the country and all over the world. This list is not exhaustive, and we plan to regularly update and expand it moving forward. If you have any suggestions for items to include, please contact us and let us know.


Missing Children/Abduction:

Child Abuse: 
  • Portable Guide Series: This series contains practical information for the professionals who work on the frontlines -law enforcement, social workers, physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, psychologists, attorneys, judges. Each guide offers best practices for investigating  abuse, neglect, and violent crime cases against children.
  • Development of a Surrogate Bruising Detection System to Describe Bruising Patterns Associated with Common Childhood Falls: This project was supported by Grant No. 2008-DD-BX-K311 awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. The report describes the outcome  of the design and develop a prototype surrogate bruising detection device having the capability to predict potential bruising patterns in children when adapted to a test dummy used to simulate common household fall events often stated as false scenarios in child abuse.

To order printed copies of the publications listed above or other resources, visit the NCJRS website.