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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No One Runs Away For No Reason: Understanding Safeguarding Issues When Children and Young People Go Missing From Home (by L Hill, J Taylor, F Richards, S Reddington )



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Paper exploring the safeguarding concerns and responses for children and young people who run away or go missing from home



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