Policy and Parliament

Our work to improve national provisions for missing people and families

We believe that missing people and their families should be able to find the emotional, practical and legal support they need, and we work to encourage this through improvements in law, policy and practice. We use our policy and Parliamentary work to ensure that politicians and other decision-makers are aware of these support needs, and involve people affected by the missing issue wherever possible.

The Policy and Research team also provides a hub of information about missing, conducts and supports research, advocates for change through campaigns, and monitors and evaluates the charity's impact.

Missing News

The Policy and Research team circulates a regular newsletter, Missing News, containing up to date information about research, policy, events and sector developments. To sign up to Missing News, or to read previous editions, click here.

We believe that working in partnership can achieve the best results for missing people and their families, and so Missing People encourages a joined-up response from the various agencies that they may have contact with such as police and other charities.

One of the ways we work in partnership is by sitting on a variety of boards and groups in order to advocate on behalf of the missing people and families we serve. They key boards that members of the Policy and Research Team contribute to are outlined below. For a full list of our networks and partnerships, please see our Information Sheet 'Introducing Missing People'.

Missing Children Advisory Board

The Missing Children Advisory Board is chaired by the National Crime Agency's CEOP Command. Its role is to hold CEOP Command to account in relation to the role it plays in delivering the cross-government strategy on Missing Children and Adults (2011), and to provide advice and expertise on CEOP Command's programme of work to better coordinate the safety and wellbeing of missing children.

Missing Adults Advisory Board

The Missing Adults Advisory Board is chaired by the National Crime Agency's Missing Persons Bureau. The role of the group is to oversee and foster multi-agency work towards delivering the cross-government strategy on Missing Children and Adults (2011). The group members represent a number of government departments, Local Government, police forces and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

English Coalition for Runaway Children

The English Coalition for Runaway Children is a coalition of England-based organisations that work with children and young people who run away or go missing from home or care. It exists to ensure that these vulnerable members of our society are safeguarded from harm through effective policy and appropriate services at both national and local level.  For more information on the Coalition, see our webpage.

NWG Network

The NWG Network is a charity and network of organisations and practitioners working to combat child sexual exploitation (CSE) and trafficking within the United Kingdom.The network involves voluntary and statutory sector services, and its team seeks to provide support and advice on CSE and trafficking, whilst raising awareness of these issues and influencing policy and practice. 

Missing Children Europe

Missing People is the UK member of Missing Children Europe (MCE): a Europe-wide umbrella organisation representing voluntary organisations which work against child disappearance and sexual exploitation. For more on MCE, see our information sheet.

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