Missing People has received £70,000 from the Scottish Government to provide support for those who have disappeared, their families and those at risk.
The funding will be used to employ a national development coordinator who will work closely with local authorities and other organisations to improve the way they work together to support vulnerable people and help prevent individuals from going missing
An Independent Working Group for Missing People is also being set up to help the Scottish Government deliver Scotland’s National Missing persons Framework, Minister for Community Safety Ash Denham has announced.
Susannah Drury, Missing People’s Director of Policy, Research and People, said: “Every day, around 55 children and adults are reported missing in Scotland. While missing, people are at greater risk of harm, and their families are plunged into a terrifying limbo, not knowing whether their loved one is safe.
“It is vital that every one of these people receives the response and support they need, wherever they live. So, Missing People is grateful for the funding from the Scottish Government to recruit a new national development coordinator who, guided by the new Independent Working Group, will help local partners across Scotland work together to make missing people safe and provide the help their families need.”
Every year the police in Scotland investigate around 23,000 missing persons’ cases. The Scottish Government is providing a total of £192,000 worth of funding over four years for Missing People to improve support.
A further £40,000 will fund an education resource and last year £60,000 was used to develop and deliver training to gather information about why people go missing and what support can be given to avoid repeat episodes.
Ms Denham said: “The work of our new national development coordinator and Working Group will build on recent progress and enhance multi-agency working to improve outcomes for missing people and their families.”