Missing People is the only UK charity dedicated to supporting missing people and their families.
At the charity we are working towards putting people with lived experience at the heart of everything we do. To do this, we need to hear more from people who have been missing* themselves, and this is where you can help.
We have set up an ‘Experts by Experience’ forum, for people aged over 16 who have been missing.
In addition, we are setting up a network of people who are happy to be contacted to share their feedback and experience, but do not want to join a more formal group.
* We understand that not everyone might identify with the label of having been ‘missing’, so to clarify, by ‘missing’ we simply mean when someone leaves where they have been living or staying, without telling or being able to tell other people where they have gone. Perhaps you prefer a different term, such as having ‘gone away, ‘run away’, ‘disappeared’, ‘gone absent’, ‘taken time out’, or something else. This could include being away from home, care, a hospital, or a mental health care setting. Whatever you call it, if you think this describes you, we want to hear from you.
Sharing your expertise and feedback to help us to improve the way we support others who are thinking about going missing, currently missing, or have returned from being missing. This will include things like:
The Forum was set up in April 2023, but we are keen to hear from people who want to join the group now that it has been established.
Your involvement will lead to real, on-the-ground improvements to how others going through similar experiences as you did are supported, and how future missing episodes might be prevented through early intervention from appropriate support services that might have helped you before you went missing.
Your input will materially improve the quality of the services we provide for people who are currently missing and those who have recently returned, and directly inform how our services can be tailored to the unique needs of each individual.
The groups are a safe space for you to share your experiences. Missing People has been supporting people affected by missing for nearly 30 years, and the team has lots of experience making sure people are supported and safe in sharing their experiences and being involved with the charity.
If you want to be involved or to know more about this, either:
The Lived Experience Advisory Forum (‘LEAF’):
The ‘Lived Experience Advisory Network’ (LEAN)