Monday, 27 March 2017

Facebook Live: Q&A broadcast with Rob and Chris

Family Support Services Manager Rob and Clinical Lead Counsellor Christopher hosted our very first online Q&A and discussion last Friday via Facebook Live. Here are some highlights from the broadcast:

Q: What is ambiguous loss?

Rob: “Ambiguous loss is a concept developed by Dr Pauline Boss. In the context of 'missing', the best way to explain it is when someone is physically absent yet psychologically present.

Monday, 20 March 2017

James Hawkins: The one thing everyone can do to become a great singer

James Hawkins, the Missing People Choir director, reveals the main factor he believes is needed to become a fantastic singer and performer in our latest blog post:

Having worked with singers for 15 years as a musician, music producer, teacher and choir director, I am well versed in the importance of numerous singing techniques, and imagine that you may be expecting me now to extol the virtues of one of them.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Mungo Park and You: A letter from Hannah

Hannah Velten has written a heartfelt letter to her brother Christian, to mark the 14th anniversary of him going missing in Mali.

Dear Chris, I didn’t know how to mark 7th February this year, the 14th anniversary of you leaving for Africa. I had hoped, after last year’s rather miraculous proof of you still being alive, that I’d not have to mark this odious time of year ever again. But there you go.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Publicity for Missing People: How does it work?

When somebody goes missing, one of the ways we can help is by launching a publicity appeal.

We often get asked questions about what publicity we do, how and why we do it, whether or not it is safe, and how members of the public can help.

We caught up with Kate and Ian, our Publicity Coordinators, to find out the answers.

Monday, 27 February 2017

New Campaign Launch: Will you help us find every child?

Jo Youle introduces our biggest ever fundraising campaign to date.

A few months ago I met a young boy. He was living with a foster father because his mum was too ill to look after him. He’d been missing 3 times that week alone.

When asked if he felt safe when he was away, he said no. But that he didn't care. He didn’t care about anything, or what happened to him. So it was quite something to say that we did care about him.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Lucy Holmes: A final farewell

Lucy Holmes reflects on almost a decade of work as Research Manager at Missing People.

This time last week I was at the #LostinMigration conference in the beautiful Verdala Palace, courtesy of the President of Malta, where I shared research findings about missing trafficked and unaccompanied children. This research is just the most recent in a varied and important range of projects I've worked on since I joined Missing People's Policy and Research team in 2007.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Jo Youle: Resolutions and revolutions for 2017

Matthew D’Ancona implores people to lead and not just follow in 2017, writing in the Guardian. It really caught my imagination whilst sat on the sofa with a Quality Street thinking about my resolutions and revolutions for 2017.

Sometimes it’s finding the ‘what’ when you make a resolution that’s the stumbling block. It’s probably the reason some of us make the same resolution several years running. Get involved. Get fitter. Speak up. Make a difference.

Perhaps becoming a trustee of a charity that inspires you could be just the thing.

Around 250,000 people go missing in the UK each year. The Missing Blog aims to give a voice to all those affected by this issue.

Written by families and friends of missing people, supporters working to raise awareness of the cause, and volunteers and staff at the charity Missing People, we hope that this blog will offer a window into the issue of missing.

The charity Missing People is a lifeline when someone disappears. To find out more about Missing People and ways that you can support the charity visit

Call or txt the charity Missing People for free on 116 000, 24/7 if you or anyone you know is affected by a disappearance.