On 18 August Missing People proudly hosted a seminar in Cardiff about returning missing adults. The second such seminar we’ve held, the event attracted professionals from across Wales and beyond, representing all four Welsh police forces, local authorities, health, education and the charity sector.
The audience heard from expert speakers about the police response to returning adults, the Geographies of Missing People research project, people with dementia who go missing, and about Missing People’s Aftercare pilot in Wales, funded by Big Lottery Wales. Finally, the audience heard a powerful and moving account from Rachel Edwards, whose brother Richard has been missing for 21 years.
Professor Hester Parr, Lead Investigator on the ESRC-funded Geographies of Missing People research project, said:
“The return of missing adults is a critical moment for intervention and prevention. I am excited that Missing People has made return a key facet of their Manifesto for Missing People. These events have been a critical catalyst in starting a new national conversation about preventing missing incidents which are so costly to all involved. There is a real energy for creating new professional partnerships to help the UK lead the world in managing missing better and helping the families and individuals so profoundly affected.”
Susannah Drury, Director of Policy, Research and Resources at Missing People chaired the event. She said:
“The event in Cardiff provided a fantastic opportunity to kick-start a national conversation about providing better support for adults who have been missing and for their families. It was heartening to see so many people from across Wales and beyond, and from a range of sectors, all focusing on what more we canand should do for thousands of vulnerable people who currently receive little or no help through a very challenging time in their lives.”
For more information about these events, and to download presentations, read social media round-ups and watch a short film about returning adults, you can visit the event webpage. You can also download our briefing paper about Returning Missing Adults.
These events were funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, via Professor Hester Parr of the University of Glasgow, in association with the ESRC Impact Prize for Outstanding Impact in Society.