Episode 25 – MISSING: Andrew Gosden

Crimestoppers anonymous form
Crimestoppers number: 0800 555 111
NSPCC’s online reporting form
NSPCC helpline number: 0808 800 5000
Runaway helpline (call or text): 116 000
Childline number: 0800 1111

In police’s Authorised Professional Practice, the term missing is defined as “anyone whose whereabouts cannot be established will be considered as missing until located, and their well-being or otherwise confirmed.” In the UK, 1 person is reported as a missing person every 90 seconds. That’s 180,000 being reported as missing every year. It is more likely that a child will be reported missing than an adult, with 1 in 200 children going missing each year, compared to 1 in 500 adults. Research conducted over previous years has demonstrated that conflict, abuse and neglect in the home, sexual exploitation and mental health issues are among the top reasons children go missing. When children contact childline, the common issues they raise include problems at home, abuse, sexual exploitation, domestic violence and mental health issues. Despite these statistics, consequences of underreporting make it highly possible that these figures are inaccurate and in fact, the number of people that go missing each year may well be higher. Missing People suggests that as many as 7 in 10 children that go missing aren’t reported as a missing person, begging the question as to the real number of people that go missing each year.


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