The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults seeks to raise awareness of the issues faced by children and adults who run away or go missing, as well as the families they leave behind. The APPG’s membership spans all of the main political parties in Westminster and both the Houses of Commons and Lords.
Missing People provides secretariat to the APPG in collaboration with The Children’s Society, and leads its work in connection to missing adults and families of missing people. The APPG seeks to meet regularly to discuss relevant current issues, and to raise awareness of where changes in policy, practice or law might be needed. It additionally holds inquiries where issues require further investigation, including that on support for families of missing people in 2011. In 2014, the APPG undertook work on a number of topics including the experiences and support needs of vulnerable missing adults.
Recent APPG activity
In July 2018 the APPG published a report on our inquiry into safeguarding missing adults who have mental health issues. The report includes a number of recommendations to the Government, health services, the police and other services. Work is ongoing to ensure that those findings are heard, and that the recommendations are adopted where possible.
On 16 March 2017 a roundtable meeting was held to discuss and increase awareness of the links between children going missing and gang exploitation. The ensuing briefing report can be found here.
On 18 October 2018 an event was held in Parliament to raise awareness of the legal and financial issues facing families of missing people amongst MPs and Peers. Two families who have experienced a loved one going missing and ensuing financial and practical difficulties attended the event to share their experience.
In 2016 the APPG undertook an inquiry into safeguarding children categorised as 'absent'. Missing People's response to the call for evidence is contained in our briefing paper. The APPG report on the inquiry can be found here.