Published: Missing People’s Impact Report 2022-2023

Missing People helped 600 more people this year than last year.

What to expect

Our Impact Report gives an overview of how our services support those affected by a disappearance, and how we continue to be a lifeline when someone disappears.

This year, we were able to support 8,033 children, adults, and families across all our free and confidential services. This has been made possible by the ongoing support of our partners and supporters, who continue to offer their generosity despite an ongoing cost of living crisis.

The report also discusses the new ways that Missing People have been looking to expand and explore their reach. In July 2022, the charity began Digital Search Heroes, a weekly newsletter allowing supporters to check the latest missing appeals in their area. The charity also launched our first-ever preventative campaign, aiming to reduce the number of people who go missing and reduce the risk of them coming to harm.

Missing People also released The Ethnicity of Missing People, in collaboration with Listen Up. The first time data of this kind had been collected and published, the research found that people from minority ethnic groups were missing for longer, less likely to be found by the police, and less likely to be recorded as being at risk, than white people.

With the launch of our new strategy in June, this Impact Report acts as an important benchmark for Missing People, with three main objectives going forward:

  • Going missing is understood as a crisis that can be a matter of life or death
  • All missing people and their loved ones get the right help at the right time
  • Fewer missing people come to harm

Read the Impact Report 2022-2023

Find out more about the work we’ve done in 2022-2023.

Read the Report

Get Help

If you have been affected by a disappearance, or feel like going missing yourself, we are here for you. Our Helpline is open every day via call or text on 116 000 and for email.

You can also access our services and learn more about the ways we can help below:

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Support us

Our work is only possible with the generous support of people like you. Click here to find out how you can become a lifeline to people in crisis.


Sign up to be a Digital Search Hero

We have launched a regular email so that you can be aware of new missing person appeals and share them far and wide! We are also calling on all Heroes to be the eyes and ears for Missing People on the ground. Your sighting of a missing person could make a difference in a crucial time.