Is this a familiar pattern in your local area?
We are seeking police forces and multi-agency partners from local authorities, education, and the NHS in local areas to work with us to redesign local responses to missing to be collaborative, and considerate of the whole-system, promoting collective responsibility for prevention and support that is person centred, timely, and cross-organisational.
Missing People is launching a fresh approach to tackle local challenges around repeat missing and harm. We know that repeat missing incidents for adults account for more than 50% of all reports received by police forces in the UK, and 75% of reports for children and young people. Our research suggests that the relationship between missing and harm is significant:
The risk of serious harm is defined as:
‘A risk which is life threatening and/or traumatic, and from which recovery, whether physical or psychological, can be expected to be difficult or impossible.’
– Home Office 2002 and OASys 2006
We will address the following 3 professional mental models through our work:
1) That people who go missing are only seen as needing support during and immediately after the missing episode, failing to recognise missing as a ‘whole journey,’ including the underlying factors that cause someone to go missing.
2) Responding to people who go missing is largely seen as the local police force’s responsibility, with limited involvement from the local authority and additional sectors, including the NHS, Education, and the third sector.
3) Adults who go missing are not seen as needing or requiring support following a missing episode, in contrast to the response that children receive.
We have developed a theory of change for this work, available here.
If you would like to work with us to redesign local responses to missing and promote collective responsibility for the prevention of and support around missing, please contact email@example.com for more information.
As part of our Systems Change work, we are also designing Hydra training for police, local authorities, the NHS and Education to improve local responses to missing and prevention work. Hydra training is immersive and scenario-based, in-person, and designed around real-life and live missing cases. Our simulation exercises will be an interactive style of training, ideal for professionals who work with missing persons.
We would love for you to be the first local area we deliver this to. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Join us for an information session to hear about how we will be addressing existing mental models of missing with a new approach to challenge existing practice, and address repeat missing and harm.Book a place