If your house is burgled you are automatically offered emotional, practical and legal support. If your child goes missing you may get nothing.
Missing People. are calling on the Government to give families of missing people the same basic rights as victims of crime.
Over 250,000 people go missing in the UK every year. While most of us will have read or heard about a disappearance, little is understood about the emotional, legal and financial burdens it can bring to those closest to the missing person. Families left behind face their homes being seized, jobs being lost, divorce, social stigma and suicidal thoughts.
Here are the detailed aims and objectives of the Missing Rights Campaign. Without your support, though, they will not be able to bring about change for families of missing people.
Families of missing people should know everything possible is being done to find their missing loved one.
â€¢Every region to have a local missing persons coordinator who will hold local services to account
â€¢Every family to have a named single point of contact in the police force dealing with their missing loved one
â€¢All unidentified bodies to be cross matched with missing person reports
Families affected by a disappearance should have access to support.
â€¢Every family of a missing person to be signposted to Missing Peopleâ€™s free emotional, practical and legal support services by the police
â€¢A network of specially trained counsellors to be developed to support the unique needs of families of missing people
Families left behind should be spared the pain of unnecessary financial and legal bureaucracy.
â€¢All banks to introduce standard mortgage arrangements for families of missing people
â€¢All insurance companies to enable families to freeze or take over their missing relativeâ€™s policy payments.
â€¢Presumption of Death Act to be introduced in England of Wales