What we do

A lifeline when someone disappears

We offer a lifeline to the 250,000 people who run away and go missing each year in the UK.

We listen in confidence, and support missing people and their families to explore their options and, where possible, to reconnect. For those left behind we provide specialised support to ease the heartache and confusion, and help search for their missing loved ones.


Give time

Use the Search Directory to find out who is missing in your area or volunteer for Missing People.

Give socially

Join the Search by following us on Facebook or Twitter. The more people who share our missing people appeals with friends online, the more chance we have of finding them.

Give anything

Let us know how you are supporting Missing People! Call us on 0800 MISSING (647 7464) or email supporters@missingpeople.org.uk and tell us how you can help.


Our vision is that every missing person is found safe.

We are here to ensure that anyone who is missing can find a safe way to reconnect with a loved one, to get a message home, or, to get to a place of safety; and that families are supported whilst they live with not knowing what has happened to someone they love.

In the next three years we want to reach more people, support more people, and find more people. To help us be a lifeline when someone disappears, and for more information, please read Our Strategic Plan.

Update: We know how important it is to find every child and how Kerry Needham, featured on the cover of our Plan, has fought for that for her son Ben. Since we published the Plan, Kerry has now been told that it is most likely Ben died in an accident. Our hearts go out to Kerry and her family.

Our plan for Scotland

In 2016 we launched our plan to increase our reach in Scotland, where Police Scotland receive nearly 40,000 calls in relation to people going missing each year. Missing People works in partnership with Police Scotland and the Scottish Government. We provide publicity appeals and support to missing people and families with missing loved ones across Scotland. Click on the image below to read more about our plans to reach more people in Scotland. 



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