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Published on Oct 28, 2008
The charity Missing People supported a London march for the missing (12.03.08) organised by families affected by the issue. The march aimed to highlight the impact on families when someone goes missing.
As the UKs only charity working with young runaways, missing and unidentified people, their families and others who care for them, Missing People currently provides the only national support service for families.
Chief Executive of Missing People, Paul Tuohy said: Missing People, along with the government, must listen and learn from what families affected are saying. The impact of having a family member go missing can be severe and debilitating. We must translate our understanding of these impacts through to improved services.
For the first time, Missing People is conducting research that will reveal the types of impacts of missing - be it emotional and social, financial and legal or family impacts - on those left behind.
Mr Tuohy concludes: Such evidence gathering will, in turn, enable the charity to address these support needs and provide the government with a clear steer for policy and funding decisions.
As 2008 marks the 15 year anniversary of Missing People, the charity reveals that at any point in time it is providing support to the families of around 6,000 open missing cases. An estimated 210,000 reports of missing people are made to UK police forces each year. Around two-thirds of these concern young people under the age of 18.
To find out more about Missing People visit www.missingpeople.org.uk/supportus
March for the missing took place in London on 12 March 2008.