Missing Children Publication Hub

The publications in this section contain the results of our research as well as curated research on topics and issues relevant to missing children in Europe and the world. Example of the type of research you can find are understanding the causes of the different types of missing children cases in Europe, policy on missing children, search and rescue operations and family support. The menu and submenu options below will help you find what you're looking for.

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Law enforcement
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  • ‘Assessing the effectiveness of the national policing approach to missing person investigations in Scotland’
    Dr. Brian Plastow
    The research represents one of the largest national studies into the effectiveness of policing responses to missing persons and reveals a complex national picture which includes 600 long-term missing people and over 300 unidentified bodies and numerous unidentified body parts dating back to 1950.
  • Adult missing persons: Statistical identification of behavioural themes
    Penny Woolnough, Emily Bonny, Louise Almond
    The aim of this research is to expand on the understanding of missing people by outlining the behaviours exhibited by adults while they are missing and determining if distinct behavioural themes exist.
  • Extent and profile of long term disappearances
    law enforcement, missing persons, long term disappearances
  • Investigating missing children cases: a guide for first responders and investigators
    Sprague, D. F.
    Provides a solid training guide on missing children investigative techniques, enabling law enforcement professionals to respond confidently with a plan of action that offers the best possible chance for a positive outcome.
  • Local Authority Support to Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Young People Changes since the Hillingdon Judgement (2003)
    Elli Free
    Provides a more detailed and analytical look at local authorities' responses to the Hillingdon judgement and LAC 13. In-depth interviews with staff at 18 local authorities in England. The majority of local authorities interviewed are now providing Section 20 support to 16- and 17-year-old unaccompanied children.
  • Missing and abducted children: A law enforcement guide to case investigation and program management
    Eds: Preston Findlay, Robert G Lowery
    Guide to assist law enforcement in the search for missing children. Its two goals are to provide (1) Police Officers with a step by step info. On how to respond to and investigate missing child cases, and (2) Administrators with the programmatic framework to manage the missing-child response within their agency's jurisdiction
  • Police Search Advisers (PolSAs) and the search for missing people
    Lucy Holmes and Penny Woolnough
    This research explores: the nature and extent to which PolSAs are involved in missing person cases; the nature of the relationship between PolSAs and SIOs; multiagency working (including other search agencies); the potential personal pressures PolSAs face and strategies to mitigate against these; procedural / process / organisational related aspects of the PolSA role including opportunities for improvement; PolSA training; and encounters and familiarity with families of missing persons.
  • Recognizing Risk: The Attitudes of Police Supervisors to the Risk Assessment Process in Missing Person Investigations
    Richard Smith & Karen Shalev Greene
    Missing person investigations are widely regarded as a demanding challenge for the police service. This article examines the attitudes and experiences of police supervisors to the risk assessment process in such investigations.
  • Safe and Well? Police Attitudes to Return Interviews, in Repeat Missing Person Cases
    Michael Harris
    The aim of this study is to examine the attitudes of police officers to return interviews of people who are reported missing repeatedly (e.g. 3 times or more).
  • Suicide at home versus away: an exploration of the relationship between geo-spatial characteristics and suicide method
    Penny Woolnough, Emily Smith, Graham Gibb
    165 cases of suicide occurring with the Grampian region of Scotland over a three year period of time (2002-2004) were analysed to look at the relationship between suicide location, method and distance travelled.
  • The cultural nature of missing
    Joe Apps
    The notions of trying to define 'missing' and 'missingness' are fascinating. Many people, who are reported to authorities as being missing by family and friends, do not consider themselves as missing persons; when found, they are surprised that they have been considered as 'missing'. Adults have rights to do as they please and also the right to be forgotten.
  • The search for missing persons- The Belgian approach
    Alain Remue