Who we are

A lifeline when someone disappears

We are a team of caring, highly skilled staff and volunteers working around the clock to support anyone affected by missing, alongside our partners and supporters across the UK.

Find out about the people who lead and support Missing People.

Diversity and Inclusion 

Missing People is committed to diversity and to equal opportunity.  See our Diversity and Inclusion policy for more.

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.

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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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