From here you can download research publications, free of charge, in PDF format.
Below are also copies of Missing People's survey reports, conference presentations and consultation submissions. Research reports are ordered by date, most recent first.
This research explores the response of Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) when a patient in the community goes missing. The report addresses whether CMHTs ever discharge missing patients and how they respond when a missing patient returns. Click here or on the report title above to download the full report, or click here or on the image on the right for an infographic summarising the key findings. (Rickford, R. 2015).
This project explored the ways in which missing people reconnect to family, carers or a place of safety, and makes recommendations for improvements in the way reconnections are facilitated and supported. The full report can be downloaded by clicking on the report title above and this, a summary report and individual chapters are available to download from the project page at: 'When the Search is Over' (Holmes, L. 2014).
This research highlights the relationship between intellectual disability and going missing, with a view to offering better support to people who may be considered at risk of going missing. The paper seeks to define terms such as 'intellectual disability' and 'missing', using specific cases to highlight areas to focus on for improving support for vulnerable people. Click here or on the report title above to download the full report as a PDF. (Rickford, R. 2012).
Missing People research report Learning from Fatal Disappearances (Newiss, 2011) highlighted a specific group of cases involving young men who had gone missing on a night out and were later found dead in water. Going missing on a night out: men found dead in water is a research summary that gives further details on cases identified in 2010 and in the first four months of 2011. Click here or on the report title above to download the full report as a PDF. (Newiss, G. 2011).
Missing People, supported by the Oak Foundation, conducted a two-year study of the charity's 24/7, free, confidential Runaway Helpline and Message Home services. Click here or on the report title above to download the full report. (Holmes, L. 2011).
Learning from Fatal Disappearances, published by Missing People, is a study of 250 missing incidents that were closed by the charity over a two-year period. The research has important implications for many agencies working with missing people, including Missing People, the police, the wider social care sector and the government. Click here or on the report title above to download the full report. (Newiss, G. 2011).
In 2010, the Department of Health funded the pilot of an information-sharing protocol in the London Borough of Westminster. This report outlines the evaluation of this pilot and recommendations for future development. Click here or on the report title above to download the summary report. To download the full evaluation report, please click here. (Holmes, L. and Diamond, F. 2011).
Lost from View, a publication by the University of York, presents findings from the most extensive study of missing persons yet undertaken in the UK. It provides important new information on the motivations and circumstances of both missing adults and children, and is the first study to draw directly on the views and experiences of missing adults themselves. Click here or on the report title above to download the full report. To download the summary report, please click here. (Biehal, N., Mitchell, F. and Wade, J. 2003).
Missing Adults (2013)
Click here or on the title above to download the Information Sheet as a PDF.
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.
You might also wish to consult the following research reports about missing adults.
You can click here for more information about the Geographies of Missing People research project.
Holmes, L., Shalev Greene, K., Clarke, C. and Pakes, F. (2015) 'The Impact of Living with Missing Incidents: How the experience and fear of missing incidents affects people with dementia and those who care for them', paper presented at the 25th Alzheimer Europe conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia 2-4 September 2015.
Holmes, L. and Woolnough, P. (2015) 'Police Search Advisers and the Search for Missing People', paper presented at the Second International Conference on Missing Children and Adults, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels 8-10 July 2015.
Holmes, L (2013) ‘Reconnecting Missing Children and Adults’, paper presented at the First International Conference on Missing Children and Adults, University of Portsmouth 18-20 June 2013.
Holmes, L. and Woolnough, P. (2013) 'Mental Health and Missing’, paper presented at the First International Conference on Missing Children and Adults, University of Portsmouth 18-20 June 2013.
Holmes, L. (2012) ‘Missing on a Night Out’, paper presented to the Joint Annual Missing Persons Conference, Ryton Police Training Centre 17-18 April 2012.