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Frequently asked questions

  • Q:

    Is it only people under 18 who can be reported missing?

    A:

    No, anybody of any age can be reported missing.

  • Q:

    I believe that my friend / relative has gone abroad. What can I do?

    A:

    Report the details to your local police. They will pass the information to Interpol who will make enquiries in the country the person was last seen or believed to be in. You may also wish to contact the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the consulate of that country in the UK.

  • Q:

    My partner has abducted our child and left the country without my knowledge or consent. What can I do?

    A:

    This is a criminal offence and should be reported to the police immediately. It is also covered by civil law and you should seek advice from a family solicitor to begin proceedings to initiate the return of your child to the UK.

  • Q:

    I am reported as missing. What should I do?

    A:

    Go to the nearest police station and explain that you've been reported missing. You will need to provide proof of identity. You can also call the charity Missing People who will give you free, confidential advice while you are away from home. If you would like them to, they can help you speak with the police or pass a message to your family if that is what you want. Call them any time of the day or night on 116 000 ( call and text) 116@missingpeople.org.uk (email).

  • Q:

    I am reported missing but I do not want to return home, what should I do?

    A:

    Go to the nearest police station and explain that you've been reported missing. You will need to provide proof of identity. The police will confirm with you that you are safe and well and then pass that news - but not your location - on to your family. Missing People can also provide you with support while you are away from home. Their helpline is free, confidential and available 24/7. They won't tell your family where you are if you don't want them to. Call them on 116 000 ( call and text) 116@missingpeople.org.uk (email).

  • Q:

    I have some information about a missing person, what should I do?

    A:

    Pass the information to police or phone the Missing People helpline on 116 000 ( call and text) 116@missingpeople.org.uk (email). You can choose to remain anonymous if you want.

  • Q:

    I have lost contact with a friend / relative and would like to get back in touch with them - can I report them missing to the police?

    A:

    If you think your friend or relative is in danger or you are concerned for their safety, contact the police immediately. Otherwise there are a number of organisations that can help you trace them such as Missing People on 116 000 ( call and text) 116@missingpeople.org.uk (email) or the Red Cross. You can also use the internet where there are a number of websites involved in tracing friends and family.

  • Q:

    I am trying to trace my family tree. Will the police help?

    A:

    No, but there are various organisations that will assist you. For further details try looking on the internet.

  • Q:

    I was adopted as a child and I am now trying to trace my biological parents. Will the police help?

    A:

    No but there are specialist organisations that can assist you, including your local social services who may be able to help.