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.

Who goes missing?


Children and young people are more likely to go missing than adults - 60% of missing incidents in 2015/16, a total of 148,050, related to under-18 year olds.

People are most likely to go missing between the ages of 15 and 17. However, there are also significantly high numbers in the age groups 12-14 and 22-39.


Statistics show that 52% of missing people are male and 47% are female. Less than 1% do not identify as either male or female and in approximately one percent of cases a gender was not recorded.

Although males are generally more likely to go missing than females, between the ages of 12 and 17 this trend is reversed, with 55% of missing reports relating to girls.

Nationality and Ethnicity

This information is currently unavailable, we will be updating it as soon as possible.

Further details regarding missing people reported to the police can be found in UK Missing Persons Bureau Missing Persons Data Report.

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