“When a loved one goes missing, friends and family face an anxious wait for their return or to find out what has happened to them. Some missing people are never found – but they are never forgotten.” (The Mirror, 2014)
Sky News reports that more than 100,000 children go missing in England every year- that is one child disappearing every five minutes! The age group of missing persons varies but children below the age of 18 go missing more often. The cause of these disappearances differ: abduction by strangers, abduction by parent, children got in trouble and left voluntarily, children run away because of some form of situation at home, etc. Many children who go missing are found quickly or return voluntarily. Statistics from the Police in England indicates that between 55% to 80% of reported missing children return within 48 hours. However, it is to be noted that while some may return, many do so with indications that they may have been exploited and abused.
According to the Missing Persons Bureau in England, approximately 20% of children are found dead after being reported missing. The effect of this is devastating as it causes an emotional breakdown on their loved ones. The effect of a child going missing should not be taken lightly as parents and family are left to worry whether or not they are safe and alive, causing a serious damage to their physical and mental health. There are several organizations in England that work with the Police and the family of these missing children to help to find them, return them safely and to prevent them from disappearing again. These organizations such as The Missing People along with law enforcements are currently working to find all these missing children, from which a third have not been seen for more than a year.