Since 2020, Rehman Chishti MP has been Chair of the APPG (The All-Party Parliamentary Group) for Missing Children and Adults. This group has played a key role in bringing together those in parliament who care about anyone affected by missing in their constituency and across the country. As well as this, they also enable key issues regarding missing to be raised in parliament.
During his time as Chair, Rehman led many initiatives to improve the response to missing people. In March 2021 he led the conversation on the impact of COVID-19 on missing children, adults and their families. In November of the same year, he brought together leaders from the police, health, education and the third sector to discuss new challenges in how children are reported missing.
Rehman facilitated a meeting with Ministers from the Home Office, the Department for Education, and the Department of Health and Social Care to discuss the need for a collective response to missing people. This was a key moment in the Government’s leadership on the issue.
He was also active in asking parliamentary questions, ensuring that missing people are considered a priority amongst those who can provide them support.
Following an appointment to become Minister in July 2022, Rehman has had to step down from his role in Chairing the APPG. All of us at the charity want to say thank you for his time in this role and his focus on the issue of missing. We hope this dedication will continue in any capacity possible as he continues his work as an MP and now Minister.
The APPG will continue and we hope to see a new Chair stepping in to lead the group in coming months.