- on Tuesday, 06 December 2016.
Last week, Missing People staff and volunteers were pleased to welcome Sarah Newton MP, the Under Secretary of State for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism, to the national office of Missing People in SW London.
The Minister was joined in her visit by Chief Constable Mike Veale the national policing lead for missing. The meeting provided a unique opportunity to discuss the extensive support that Missing People provides families, missing children and adults and to the police, as well as how decisions led by the Home Office might better support vulnerable missing people.
The Minister’s passion and enthusiasm for helping missing children and adults was evident as she discussed the work that the charity are already undertaking and ambitions for the future.
A highlight of the visit was an opportunity for the Minister to meet a young person and their family who had both been supported by Missing People when he was missing, and crucially, when he returned. As is so often true, it was through the words of someone who had needed help from the charity that the message of its work was most powerful.
Through discussions with Missing People CEO Jo Youle and the team, the Minister was able to explore issues faced by children who have run away, vulnerable adults who need better support and professionals who are supporting missing people every day.
The Minister said: "I have spent the most moving and inspirational morning here with Missing People, learning about the absolutely essential work they do in supporting families who have lost someone, as well as their work with the police and those people who have gone missing, to hopefully bring them to a place of safety and to reunite them with their loved ones and families."
Jo Youle said “We were truly delighted to welcome the Minister to visit our 24/7 services at Missing People. It was a pleasure to introduce her to the charity and the vital support we provide to some of the most vulnerable people in society. We were grateful for the opportunity to discuss the issues faced by people in crisis who we support with someone who is so clearly engaged and able to improve the picture nationally.
I really look forward to working closely with the Minister to help missing children, and adults and those left behind”
The Minister will be further showing her support by joining the Missing People Carol Service, taking place on 12 December at St Martin-in-the-Fields.