We believe that missing people and their families should be able to find the emotional, practical and legal support they need, and we work to encourage this through improvements in law, policy and practice.

Our Policy work focusses on identifying and sharing good practice; working with people with lived experience to understand how services are responding to missing; campaigning for change when there are gaps in provision; and, if necessary, bringing attention to poor practice to ensure that missing people and their families get the support they deserve.

Our Policy Team work closely with those affected by missing, professionals working with them, sector leaders, parliamentarians and the government to ensure that the issue of missing is better understood and prioritised.

These webpages provide information on a number of projects and campaigns, and we will use them to share good practice and recommendations for all agencies who work with missing people.

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

Policy work

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.

In June 2011 the APPG ran the UK’s first ever inquiry into support for families of missing people.

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 well as experiencing emotional trauma, families can also face practical, financial and legal problems as a result of their loved one being missing.

The campaign for presumption of death law reform is part of Missing People’s wider Missing Rights campaign.

This framework aims to set out a good practice approach for multi-agency partnerships in every area across England to ensure that they are working together to prevent and respond to missing incidents from hospitals and adults care settings.

The English Coalition for Runaway Children is a coalition of England-based organisations that work with children and young people who run away or go missing from home or care.

People who have been missing, and families of missing people, have long spoken out about the need for clearer guidance on what happens when someone is reported missing to the police. These 13 principles, developed with those who have been missing or reported a loved one missing, set out what everyone should be able to expect from the police. 

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