Police Services and Local Authorities

Family Guidance

If you feel it is appropriate, please direct families of missing people to our family guidance pages, which offer advice and information about what to do when a family member goes missing. 

The charity Missing People has 25 years’ frontline experience and provides a range of services for police handling missing person investigations and local authorities, including taking referrals for family support, making Publicity Appeals and sending supportive text messages to missing children and adults (TextSafe®).

Missing People is an independent charity and we work in collaboration with a range of partners across the UK, including local police forces, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the UK Missing Persons Bureau, Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and the NWG Network. 

Strategic agreement between Missing People and UK Missing Persons Bureau

Strategic agreement between Missing People and National Crime Agency/CEOP

Strategic agreement between Missing People and NWG

We have developed a Police Memorandum of Understanding which forces can sign up to, acknowledging the spirit in which our organisations should work together. The number of forces signed up is continually growing.

For information on how your force can sign up to a Memorandum of Understanding with Missing People or for information on how many and which forces are currently signed up, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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