Advice for missing people

We can support you, and help you to understand what it means to be missing and what your rights are.

Being, or thinking of going, missing

We know there is always a reason that someone thinks about leaving, or has left home. We understand that it can be tough to go back, and even harder to ask for help. People tell us that it is frustrating to see posters and social media posts with their face and name on, telling people that they are missing. Getting the right help, or the space you need to make the right decisions, can sometime takes time. We are here for you, always.

We’re here to support you, for free and in confidence. Call or text 116 000.

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Whether you are away from home already, you are thinking of leaving, or you have come back, we can help you.

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Helpful Guides

Understand what ‘being missing’ means and find out whether you are have been reported as a missing person.

Find out what happens if you decide to go missing, if you are reported missing, and what you can do.

Find out how the police respond, and what they do to search for a missing person.

Understand what your rights are; as an adult you are legally allowed to go missing.

Follow our guidance on how to keep yourself safe if you are away from home

If you want people to stop the search for you, find out what you need to do to make this happen.

Discover how we can support you, talk to people for you and get you the help you need.

Police and your family may have created appeals to help find you. Now that you’re back, you might find this intrusive or feel like it’s hard to move on. Find out what you can do to get this content removed.

People sometimes find themselves wanting and planning to leave again. Home might not be an easy place to be. Find out what things you can do before making that decision to go again.

Find a list of support services, helplines and people you can speak to locally who might be able to help you.