Today BBC London reported on the number of people being reported missing in London, describing the increase as 'unsustainable' for police.
When a child goes missing, it is usually because something is wrong. Children missing repeatedly from care are known to be highly vulnerable to many kinds of exploitation and serious abuse while missing.
We understand that an increase in reports of people going missing is a challenge for police forces who are experiencing budget cuts.
The charity knows that by ensuring there is high quality support available when a missing person returns, there is significant potential to reduce the number of overall incidents. Support by independent agencies at this point could establish the reasons for someone going missing and implement safety plans to prevent a person from going missing again.
Last year, the charity provided 7,000 hours of support to our partners in policing. The solution to this overwhelming issue is even greater joint working across the agencies involved to ensure that vulnerable people receive the help they need before, during, and after their missing episode.
Missing People operates to support the search and safeguarding of missing people 24/7/365. Whenever the police are at work, we’re at work too and are here to help.