Ann Coffey MP, during her time as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults led the ‘Inquiry into safeguarding missing adults who have mental health issues’.
As co-secretariat to the APPG, Missing People carried out consultation with people who have previously been missing, their families and professionals who work with them; analysed responses to a call for evidence sent to police forces and other relevant agencies; and supported parliamentary roundtable meetings attended by experts from a variety of fields.
The inquiry found that responsibility for supporting missing adults often falls solely to the police – despite the complex needs of many missing adults, particularly those with mental health issues. The APPG is recommending that health services play a much greater role, and that more specialist support is made available.
One year after the report’s launch, to consider the progress that had been made and the necessary next steps. Download the notes from this meeting here: ‘One year on: A roundtable discussion’.
At the same time as this meeting Missing People also publishing a report detailing a number of different examples of good practice from across the country in developing a multi-agency response for missing adults. Download here: “One year on: good and innovative practice in supporting missing adults with mental health issues”
Following these developments a Task and Finish Group has been convened to develop a national, multi-agency framework for the response to adults who go missing. Members of this group include College of Policing, Care Quality Commission (CQC), National Crime Agency, National Police Chief’s Council, NHS England, Public Health England, amongst others.Learn more about the framework
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