Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker has announced the charity Missing People will receive a £220,000 funding boost by the Home Office, to allow the charity to better support vulnerable missing children and adults and their families.
The money will go towards the operation of key support services, including Missing People’s free, 24-hour helpline 116 000 which anyone affected by a disappearance can call or text for support.
The funding announcement came as the minister chaired a round-table meeting looking at how the response to missing persons' investigations can be improved by all the agencies involved.
The annual meeting forms part of the Missing Children and Adults Cross-Government Strategy. Government representatives, the National Crime Agency, police, and representatives from the voluntary sector discussed the success of recently introduced measures and looked at how things can be further improved both at local and national level.
Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker (pictured right) said:
“It is vital that we ensure that missing children and adults, and their families, are given the best possible protection and support - from government, police, local authorities and the voluntary sector.
“Missing children and adults face a number of risks whilst missing, including the risk of child sexual exploitation. We want to reduce the number of people who go missing, while minimising the harm to those who do. We can do this by providing support and advice through referrals to organisations best placed to help.
“That is why I am pleased to announce this funding for the Missing People charity, which carries out extremely valuable work - particularly helping children and those who are most vulnerable.
“The Missing People charity also provides police forces with a single point of contact for publicity when a person is reported missing, maximising investigative opportunities and increasing the chances of a person being found.”
Jo Youle, Chief Executive of Missing People, said:
“This is excellent news for families of missing people, and for missing people themselves. The funds will support our charity to continue to be a lifeline when someone disappears, maintaining our capability and capacity to provide support and safeguarding services around the clock.
“As a small national charity, committed to working in partnership with the police and other partners, we commend the government’s continued commitment to help vulnerable missing people and the loved ones left behind.”