From 2019-2022, Missing People has been working in partnership with Scottish Government and Police Scotland to support local areas in Scotland implement The National Missing Persons Framework, created in 2017. The Framework acts as guidance for professionals to prevent, respond, support and protect missing persons and their families and is available here on the Scottish Government website or to download below.
As part of The National Missing Persons Framework Implementation Project, Missing People have delivered a coordinated programme of consultancy, training and good practice sharing with 10 local areas across Scotland. The approaches outlined in this toolkit are based on Missing People’s almost 30 years of experience working with missing children, adults, and their families across the UK, and the good practice we have found in the 10 areas of Scotland we have worked in, which includes the completion of Return Discussions, multi-agency working, and information sharing.
As part of the project, Missing People has mapped and reviewed current policies, guidance, and practice in local areas to gain an understanding of the excellent work already being delivered to support missing persons and their families. Some examples of good practice from local areas will be included under the following objectives, which correspond to The Framework and provide key information and resources.
“We found the entire process extremely engaging and of considerable value. It build a platform for us all to increase our shared situational awareness, limitations and expectations helping us to work together in a more cohesive team. The independent coordination from Annie and Nikki at Missing People gave us the opportunity to collectively review our approach to those who go missing, building the shared vision of protecting those who need support.” – Sergeant Barry McNaught, Police Scotland
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This online toolkit for professionals is designed to provide those working with missing adults, children, young people, and families in Scotland with the tools they need to support, safeguard and respond to missing incidents. We hope you will find the toolkit useful guidance for day to day practice. The Toolkit begins with some useful information about missing, The Framework and you will find the toolkit contents at the bottom of this page or via the navigation bar at the top.
Why young people go missing:
In 2019-2020 there were 16,406 missing incidents reported to Police Scotland (National Crime Agency, UK Missing Persons Unit Missing Persons Data Report 2019/20). There is no definitive list of reasons why people go missing. Each missing incident is unique, and there may be a number of factors that have caused a person to go missing.
Why adults go missing:
According to The Framework a missing person is:
Anyone whose whereabouts are unknown and the circumstances are out of character, or...
The context suggests the person may be subject to crime, or...
The person is at risk of harm to themselves or another.
Information sharing opportunities along a person’s missing journey
The Herbert Protocol, Purple Alert and The Philomena Protocol
Reporting Flowchart for Looked After Children
Return Discussion Aide Memoire (Police Scotland)
Missing People’s Free Core Services for Scotland
Support Services Resources
Checklist of Key Local Processes and Procedures