Policy and Parliament

Our work to improve national provisions for missing people and families

We believe that missing people and their families should be able to find the emotional, practical and legal support they need, and we work to encourage this through improvements in law, policy and practice. We use our policy and Parliamentary work to ensure that politicians and other decision-makers are aware of these support needs, and involve people affected by the missing issue wherever possible.

The Policy and Research team also provides a hub of information about missing, conducts and supports research, advocates for change through campaigns, and monitors and evaluates the charity's impact.

Missing News

The Policy and Research team circulates a regular newsletter, Missing News, containing up to date information about research, policy, events and sector developments. To sign up to Missing News, or to read previous editions, click here.

Policy briefings

Our policy briefings outline the charity's views on key issues. Grounded in research, we use our policy briefings within our policy and advocacy work to help shape opinion and make positive changes for missing people and their families.


These policy briefings outline our position in connection to support for families of missing people:


Victims of Crime

Presumption of Death Act 2013

Police and the search for missing people

The policy briefings below detail our position on matters connected to the police and the search for missing people:

Cross matching

The absent category - safeguarding vulnerable adults and children?

Missing Children

The project summary below outlines our work into the links between missing and child sexual exploitation. This project is being funded by Comic Relief and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Manifesto for Missing People: Safe places for children and young people to stay

Manifesto for Missing People: Educating children and young people on running away - support and risks

Child Sexual Exploitation Project

English Coalition for Runaway Children: Return Home Interview Good Practice


The Cross Government Strategy on Missing Children and Adults, published December 2011, can be found here.