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.

How long are people missing for?

  • Children
    • 80% of children are found within 24 hours
    • 90% of children are found within 2 days
    • Only 2% of children will be missing for longer than a week (estimated 1,600 children)
  • Adults
    • 77% of adults are found within 24 hours
    • 87% of adults are found within 2 days
    • 4% of adults will be missing for longer than a week (estimated 3,800 adults)

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