Do you need to report someone missing?

Talk to us. We can help you work through things.

A disappearance should be reported immediately if the person is felt to be at risk or unsafe.

If you are concerned that someone you know is missing, we would encourage you to make the police your first point of contact. They can be informed either by calling 101 or by visiting your local police station. If the missing person is a child, or thought to be at serious risk of harm call 999. If in doubt always seek advice from the police.

If there are reasons why speaking to the police might be difficult for you, we can always support you with this.

And if you're not sure whether someone is missing, or at risk, we can talk you through this too.

Call, text or email 116 000

Missing People's helpline is free, and availble 24/7. If a friend or relative has gone missing and you need support and advice call or text 116 000 or email

Confidentiality policy

Missing People is a confidential service and we cannot trace your calls. Please see our Confidentiality Policy.


We recognise that many people are affected when someone goes missing, and we support both the families and friends of missing people. Where the word ‘family’ is used on this website or at any time to describe the charity’s services, this also includes friends and loved ones.


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