Missing People is a national, independent charity established in 1993 that offers a lifeline to the 250,000 people who run away and go missing each year, as well as the families they leave behind.
We provide free 24 hour confidential support, help and advice by phone, email, text and online, including the opportunity to reconnect. We coordinate a UK wide network of people, businesses and media to join the search. We also undertake research to understand the experiences of missing people and their families and advocate for change through policy and campaigning work.
Supporting statutory agencies
Ofcom, the communications regulator, has awarded Missing People the European hotline number for missing children in the UK - 116 000. The hotline was launched in May 2012.
The ‘missing kids’ website was multi-agency website which allowed law enforcement agencies to disseminate photographs of and information on missing children for the public to view 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Approved by the Home Office, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the previous Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS), the website was managed by CEOP Command of the National Crime Agency in partnership with Missing People and Action Against Abduction. In 2017 the site was handed over to Missing People to manage. It can be accessed here.
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