Missing Children Publication Hub

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Risky Business? A study exploring the relationship between behaviour and risk factors in adult missing person cases (by Naomi Eales )

Risk assessment is a key feature of missing person incidents as it impacts the operational capability of a police investigation team.  Risk management standards state risk analysis comprises of risk identification, description and estimation. Missing person risk assessment methodology has gone through changes since its inception 17 years ago however it is an area of a missing person’s investigation which is still problematic.  This is reflected in the ‘learning the lessons’ bulletins issued by the IPCC which regularly cite cases which have incurred risk assessment problems.  An appetite for change to the risk assessment process amongst police officers has been identified through a focus group.  This study is based on approximately 1000 closed (where the person has been located) missing person cases for the calendar year 2012 from police forces across the UK to inform new risk processes.  Data analysis is likely to include an examination of known variables, identification of new variables through coding of trigger events, relationships between risk factors and other case variables as well as harm outcomes.  It is anticipated that this project will be completed by mid-2016.  The results of this study will be used to inform risk assessment mechanisms utilised by police in the UK. 


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