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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Search and Rescue
13 item(s).
  • Breaking the cycle: Collaborating and behaving differently to improve the outcomes and experiences of missing children
    Kerry Wade
    The purpose of this paper is to explore how, by encouraging all key stakeholders to “play nicely and act maturely” to share responsibility, the author was able to improve outcomes for children reported missing to Gwent Police.
  • NCIC Missing Person and Unidentified Person Statistics for 2011
    The National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC) Missing Person File was implemented in 1975. Records in the Missing Person File are retained indefinitely, until the individual is located, or the record is canceled by the entering agency.
  • Dentistry to the rescue of missing children: A review
    Nitika Vij, Gulsheen Kaur Kochhar, Sanjay Chachra, Taranjot Kaur
    Toothprints enables a unique identification of the missing children not only through the bite impression but also through salivary DNA. Besides the use of Toothprints, a dentist can assist investigating agencies in identifying the missing children in multiple ways, including postmortem dental profiling, labeled dental fixtures, DNA extraction from teeth, and serial number engraving on the children's teeth.
  • Volunteers in British mountain rescue: responding to increasing demand for rescues and a changed relationship with the state
    Geoffrey Nichols, Rohan Goel, Tom Nichols, Will Jones
    A survey of MR team members and potential recruits reveals a mismatch between potential members' expectation of being engaged in MR and the reality of the increased work supporting non-mountain incidents. This illustrates a potential strain in the motivations of volunteers being used to deliver public services.
  • Facial identification of children
    Elidh Fergusan
    In situations where comparative material is present, for example, child pornographic material, or the captured sighting of a missing individual, the potential to use facial comparison techniques to aid identification is an appealing one.
  • Multivariate analysis of killing and disposal behaviour during war crimes in Cambodia and Rwanda
    Killing and disposing of victims during conflict results in millions of missing persons worldwide, yet there are few empirical models of these actions for organisations to draw on to aid in the search for their locations.
  • Searching
    Colin Hope
    In all cases, a search is intended to locate the missing person, to identify any information that may lead to their discovery and to establish whether a crime has been committed against the missing person. Therefore strategies and tactics used when searching for a missing person must be proportionate and appropriate to the circumstances of the ‘missing’ episode.
  • Research-informed search strategies- behaviour patterns of vulnerable missing people in lowland areas
    Paul Lewis and Dr Pauline Franklin
    Using data extracted from 677 searches, over a 15 year period KSAR has analysed information on categories of missing persons, search environment, distance from last known point, location found and situation when found.
  • UK Lowland Rescue Response- A Case Study
    Rachel Good
    The case study illuminates core features of the literature, local and national policy, and examines the relationship between these and the operational actions of the volunteers working on the front line of the team.
  • i-find
    Naomi Eales
    iFIND will be crucial for all those involved in the search for missing persons to provide an effective and timely response.
  • "Can deceased missing persons be identified by antemortem photographs of the face? "
    "Zuzana Caplova , Davide Porta , Daniele Gibelli , Debora Mazzarelli , Danilo De Angelis , Tony Fracasso , Chiarella Sforza , Zuzana Obertova , Cristina Cattaneo "
    The study showed that comparison of unfamiliar faces of dead and living persons may be used as a preliminary recognition method only in the absence of any other identifying marker and with great caution.
  • Missing on a night out: risk, outcomes and implications (preliminary)
    Geoff Newiss
    This paper explores the risks and outcomes for men who go missing on a night out.
  • Carers role in the search for missing people living with dementia
    Dr. Karen Shalev-Greene, Prof. Charlotte Clarke, Prof. Francis Pakes, Lucy Holmes
    The aim of this presentation is to explore patterns of reporting missing episodes to the police by those who care for people living with dementia and to critically assess the decisions, search patterns and strategies by carers of people who live with dementia when someone with dementia goes missing.