Research and information

A collection of current knowledge about the issue of missing as well as our research reports, projects, collaborations and events.  

Understanding the reasons why people go missing and the impact on families left behind enables Missing People and our partners to provide better services.

Missing People’s research team conducts research and evaluation projects on a range of topics, and seeks to share the findings through these web pages. 

The Policy and Research team also provides a hub of information about missing, advocates for change through campaigns and policy work, 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 encourage anyone with an interest to get involved with research around missing people – from students, to charitable organisations, to interested members of the public. Missing is an issue that cuts across disciplines, so we welcome people from all research backgrounds.

You may find the following information useful in the first instance:

  • Missing People Research and Information

  • Centre for the Study of Missing Persons hub contains an extensive list of relevant references. We hope that as you discover useful resources yourself you will also inform us of new and relevant publications in this area so we can add them for the benefit of all. Please email any suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Missing Children Europe administer a publications hub. The hub is searchable by title, author, summary, description and keywords. If you have any suggestions for additions to this catalogue, please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Missing persons data reports can be found on the National Crime Agency and UK Missing Persons Bureau websites

  • CEOP Scoping Report on Missing and Abducted Children [PDF]

  • The Home Office Missing Children and Adults strategy

  • Missing Persons JiscMail list. This is an academic and research mailing list administered by Lucy Holmes and Hester Parr and provided by Jisc. It is free to join.

  • Geographies of Missing People research project

What can Missing People do to help?

We can support funding applications to funding bodies. Please click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to email the Policy and Research team for further information.

We can participate in your research. If you would like to interview any of our team or circulate a questionnaire for completion, please click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to email the Policy and Research team to discuss the available options.

We may, in certain circumstances, be able to publicise your project and encourage people to take part. If you would like to explore this further please click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to email the Policy and Research team.

Information for students

When contacting us, please use your university email address and tell us what you studying and the title of your project. Please also provide the name of your course, institution and research supervisor, and be aware that we may contact them. Please be aware we do not comment on individual missing person cases.

 

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