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.

A round up of research and issues relating to missing children and young people.

if you are looking for advice and support for young people who are missing, or considering going missing, you can find this information here.

Missing children and young people (2012)

Click here or on the title above to download the Information Sheet as a PDF.

Below are a series of information sheets on particular issues related to missing children.

Return Interviews (2014)

An overview of research and statutory guidance explaining what a return interview is, how and when they should be used and the value of carrying out return interviews with adults and children when they return from being missing. Click here or on the title above to download the Information Sheet as a PDF. 

Child Sexual Exploitation Project (2014)

Details of Missing People's work to support children who are sexually exploited. Click here or on the title above to download the Information Sheet as a PDF.

Trafficked children and 'missing' (2014)

An exploration of research linking missing and trafficked children co-written by Missing People and ECPAT UK. Click here or on the title above to download the Information Sheet as a PDF.

Missing 16 and 17 Year Olds (2013)

An exploration of why 16 and 17 year olds go missing, what support they have and what their outcomes are. Click here or on the title above to download the Information Sheet as a PDF.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (2013)

An analysis of how the Convention relates to the rights of missing children. Click here or on the title above to download the Information Sheet as a PDF.

Missing Children Europe (2013)

An overview of the work of Missing Children Europe. Click here or on the title above to download the Information Sheet as a PDF.

Missing Children and the European Union (2013)

A document outlining the priorities of the EU in safeguarding children. Click here or on the title above to download the Information Sheet as a PDF.

The English Coalition for Runaway Children (2013)

An overview of the work of the English Coalition for Runaway Children. Click here or on the title above to download the Information Sheet as a PDF.


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