APPG for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults seeks to raise awareness of the issues faced by children and adults who run away or go missing, as well as the families they leave behind.

Following the departure of Ann Coffey, the former Chair of the APPG, from parliamentary work in late 2019 the APPG is not currently running. Missing People, as co-secretariat to the APPG with The Children’s Societyare working to ensure that this vital parliamentary group is restarted soon. 

The APPG seeks to meet regularly to discuss relevant current issues, and to raise awareness of where changes in policy, practice or law might be needed. In addition, the group holds public events to raise awareness about key issues, and holds inquiries where issues require further investigation. 

If you have any questions about the APPG or would like to know how you can become involved with it, the Policy and Research team via policyandresearch@missingpeople.org.uk. For formal information on the APPG, including its qualifying members, see the Parliament website. 

Recent APPG activity  

In July 2018, the APPG published a report on our inquiry into safeguarding missing adults who have mental health issues. The report includes a number of recommendations to the Government, health services, the police and other services. Work is ongoing to ensure that those findings are heard, and that the recommendations are adopted where possible. 

On 18 October 2018 an event was held in Parliament to raise awareness of the legal and financial issues facing families of missing people amongst MPs and Peers. Two families who have experienced a loved one going missing and ensuing financial and practical difficulties attended the event to share their experience. 

On 16 March 2017 a roundtable meeting was held to discuss and increase awareness of the links between children going missing and gang exploitation.

In 2016 the APPG undertook an inquiry into safeguarding children categorised as ‘absent’.  The APPG report on the inquiry can be found here

For more information please contact policyandresearch@missingpeople.org.uk