In July 2023 Missing People held our second meeting of the Lived Experience Advisory Forum (‘LEAF’), a forum where people with experience of being missing themselves share their experiences and opinions with the charity to inform various aspects of our work.
At the second meeting we focused on:
Missing People is beginning a new programme of work focusing on creating change in the systems around missing people and their families. The ultimate aim is to improve the support available for missing people, and the team leading this work hopes to create change at a local and national level.
The draft systems change strategy was presented to the group by Holly, Missing People’s Head of Business Development. The group then gave their feedback about what was proposed.
The feedback included:
The Business Development team are going to update their strategy based on the feedback, and plan to attend a future forum to talk more about how to measure success of the strategy. The team also plans to involve people with experience of missing as much as possible in the work they do on systems change, including co-production, and will involve the LEAF in that in the future.
Ross, Director of Fundraising and Communications, then presented ideas about media guidance for journalists to use when reporting about missing people. There was lots of feedback about the content of the guidance and about how journalists should use it, including:
Media guidance is in early stages, so feedback will be factored into new drafts before the charity consults journalists. Families with a missing loved one have also been consulted on the guidance.
The next group will be held in the autumn of 2023. If you have experience of being missing or away and are interested in joining the group, please either visit this webpage or e-mail Jane Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.