Missing People is the UK's only charity that works with young runaways, missing and unidentified people, their families and others who care for them. As well as actively searching for missing people and supporting those who are trying to find them, Missing People offers three other services:
Runaway Helpline, Message Home & Identification
Runaway Helpline is a 24 hour confidential helpline for runaways, offering help and advice to young people who have run away from home or care, or who have been forced to leave. Runaway Helpline offers a Freefone number and email service for young people seeking confidential help and advice.
Message Home is a unique confidential service offering help, advice and support to adults who are missing. Message Home is a 24 hour Freefone service that helps people contact their family or carers via a message or three-way call.
A person who is unidentified, whether alive or deceased, is often also a missing person. Until the name of that person has been established, their family and friends will not know what has happened to them. In cases where the police suspect foul play and the victim's identity is unknown, it is very hard for the enquiry to move forward until the victim has a name.
The Identification team at Missing People works directly with the police, coroners and other organisations, such as hospitals and social services, to aid the identification of such individuals. Most importantly, the team is able to search against their extensive national database of missing people and provide forensic art services to help with publicity of these cases. Publicity of unidentified cases offered by Missing People includes website appeals.
Missing People complements and supplements the work of the Police, while still protecting confidentiality and independence.
Details of all those recorded missing by Missing People go into its national computerised databases.
Missing People is often approached by the police to publicise vulnerable missing people and help support their families.