I've lost touch with someone

and am not sure what to do

Perhaps you’ve lost touch with someone you care about and are worried about them, or are wondering where they are or what happened to them.

There are lots of reasons why you might no longer be in contact like family issues, an argument, or someone simply moved away and you’ve lost track of where they are.

We've compiled information which might be useful to you if you're trying to find someone you've lost touch with.

If you need to talk anything through, you can call or text our free helpline 116 000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We're here 24 hours a day. 

Please note: A disappearance should be reported to the police immediately if the person’s safety is believed to be compromised. Call 999 if you believe someone is at risk or in danger or harm.
 

How do I look for my father when he is not on my birth certificate OR How do I look for my child when I am not on their birth certificate?

Exceptions: If there is some legal evidence or written acceptance of parental responsibility, e.g. a maintenance order – what should they do here. Is there an alternative URL.

You could try an internet tracing service that holds the electoral roll and directory enquiries, such as:

www.peopletracer.co.uk

Friends Reunited holds details of UK based schools and colleges (free registration but a small fee to forward emails).

You could try searching the Internet for further information - e.g. typing the person's name into a search site such as www.google.co.uk or words such as 'find father', 'missing person' etc. There are organisations that can be found on the Internet that might be able to help in this situation (they may charge a fee).

You could try leaving a message on an online message board, such as:

www.missing-you.net

You could also try putting a message in a local newspaper.

How do I find my child if they are known to be ‘safe’ with their other parent?

Exceptions: if the child is over 18, or possibly 16, so long as Child Support Agency purposes can be ruled out. Exceptions: If there is some legal evidence or written acceptance of parental responsibility, e.g. a maintenance order – what should they do here. Is there an alternative URL.

Reunite: 0116 255 6234

www.reunite.org - deals with international custody disputes.

If you have questions around the custody of a child, we would advise you to talk to a solicitor or your local Citizens Advice Bureau

www.citizensadvice.org.uk

For further information and guidance on the issues addressed on this web page, or for support relating to any aspect of someone going missing, call Missing People’s free and confidential 24 hour helpline on 116 000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst this information has been provided in good faith, it should not be taken as legal advice. For information tailored to your circumstances, please contact your police force, solicitor or an advisory organisation as appropriate to your query.