7 episodes

In the age of satellite imagery, CCTV monitoring and 24- hour surveillance, why are so many people going missing? And where have they gone?
 
Missing Persons Uncovered gets beneath the surface of an emergency nations are facing across the world. Every year 155,000 people go missing in theUK alone. What does it mean to go missing? Why do some people make the choice to disappear? And how can we protect our vulnerable loved ones better?
Caroline Humer and Karen Shalev Greene set out to hear first-hand experiences of those who have experienced missing persons cases, seeking the people behind the statistics. Listen in on revealing conversations with professionals and practitioners who are working to challenge myths and raise awareness around this much misunderstood social and personal issue.
Combining Caroline’s 20 years of experience working as a child protection expert with Karen’s 12-year academic mission to understand the world of missing persons and their protection, the team invites you to join them in sharing knowledge on how we can protect society’s most vulnerable people. 
Find out more about all of our guests and the Missing Persons Uncovered project on the website missingpersonsuncovered.com
Episodes have been supported  by the University of Portsmouth and First Factory.
 
The University of Portsmouth supports and carries out research to change our world for the better. You can find out more about projects like this at port.ac.uk/research.
 
First Factory is a Software Development Company built on honest, integrity and quality. They have committed to building technology solutions to help in missing persons investigations.

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Missing Persons Uncovered Missing Persons Uncovered

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In the age of satellite imagery, CCTV monitoring and 24- hour surveillance, why are so many people going missing? And where have they gone?
 
Missing Persons Uncovered gets beneath the surface of an emergency nations are facing across the world. Every year 155,000 people go missing in theUK alone. What does it mean to go missing? Why do some people make the choice to disappear? And how can we protect our vulnerable loved ones better?
Caroline Humer and Karen Shalev Greene set out to hear first-hand experiences of those who have experienced missing persons cases, seeking the people behind the statistics. Listen in on revealing conversations with professionals and practitioners who are working to challenge myths and raise awareness around this much misunderstood social and personal issue.
Combining Caroline’s 20 years of experience working as a child protection expert with Karen’s 12-year academic mission to understand the world of missing persons and their protection, the team invites you to join them in sharing knowledge on how we can protect society’s most vulnerable people. 
Find out more about all of our guests and the Missing Persons Uncovered project on the website missingpersonsuncovered.com
Episodes have been supported  by the University of Portsmouth and First Factory.
 
The University of Portsmouth supports and carries out research to change our world for the better. You can find out more about projects like this at port.ac.uk/research.
 
First Factory is a Software Development Company built on honest, integrity and quality. They have committed to building technology solutions to help in missing persons investigations.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    What Help is There For Those At Risk? Ft. Bethan Hodges

    What Help is There For Those At Risk? Ft. Bethan Hodges

    In response to the missing persons crisis, a swathe of excellent collaborations and charitable organisations have risen to fill the gaps in public services and support police and families at risk of or living with missing persons cases.
    Bethan Hodges of the UK charity Missing People chats with Caroline and Karen about how the 1986 case of Susie Lamplugh led to the foundation of the charity. She talks about the importance of strong community networks to protect vulnerable individuals and why it’s important that public services and people all work together to share information.
    She explains how the Herbert protocol is an example of how concerned parties can register information with authorities in advance, should vulnerable individuals with dementia be at risk of going missing.
    Bethan explains why charities can be essential in bridging the gap between police and families too, by facilitating conversation to build trust, or even between missing people and their families via the Textsafe network.
    You can call or text the Missing People helpline on 116000 for support, advice and guidance.
    We want you to share knowledge and empower conversations to help tackle the missing persons crisis. Find out more about all of our guests and the Missing Persons Uncovered project and find links to support on the website missingpersonsuncovered.com


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    • 27 min
    Who Is Affected When Someone Goes Missing? Ft. Dr. Sarah Wayland & Loren O’Keefe

    Who Is Affected When Someone Goes Missing? Ft. Dr. Sarah Wayland & Loren O’Keefe

    What happens when someone you love goes missing? How do you move forward if they’re not found? And how does this impact families and relationships?
    In this episode we look at the realities of what it means to work with police and media, campaign to find your loved one and navigate your life whilst nothing feels normal.
    Karen speaks with Dr. Sarah Wayland of the Australian Federal Police and Loren O’Keefe, whose younger brother Dan, went missing in 2011.
    Loren shares her personal experiences of searching for her brother for 5 years before his body was found, which led her to set up the Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN).
    Sarah explains the missing persons process in Australia and highlights inequalities and vulnerabilities for First Nations communities. She explores whether the idea of ‘hope’ can be helpful or damaging to relatives who have to balance this with feelings of grief, loss and trauma.
    Loren is keen that families and loved ones who are living with the uncertainty of a missing person are able to access and learn about services. You can find out more at MPAN on their website and Twitter.
    We want you to share knowledge and empower conversations to help tackle the missing persons crisis. Find out more about all of our guests and the Missing Persons Uncovered project and find links to support on the website missingpersonsuncovered.com


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    • 28 min
    How Does a Missing Persons Investigation Work? Ft. Carlo Schippers

    How Does a Missing Persons Investigation Work? Ft. Carlo Schippers

    How do the police, organisations and authorities work to track down a missing person? Carlo Schippers says it may be helicopters, specialist equipment, dogs, officers on horseback… you’re only limited by your own imagination when trying to find someone safely.
    Carlo is a retired detective superintendent and behavioural consultant with the Dutch national police. He was instrumental in setting up the Dutch Missing Persons Bureau and in this episode he explains the decisions, resources and challenges that come into play during a missing persons investigation.
    Carlo’s interest in improving missing persons investigations began when he was working on homicide investigations and it’s his goal to make sure that what starts out as missing persons cases are resolved before they go this far.
    We want you to share knowledge and empower conversations to help tackle the missing persons crisis. Find out more about all of our guests and the Missing Persons Uncovered project and find links to support on the website missingpersonsuncovered.com

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    • 30 min
    How Does Someone Become a Missing Person? Ft. Charlie Hedges

    How Does Someone Become a Missing Person? Ft. Charlie Hedges

    When should you report someone as missing? And what happens after that?
    Former police officer Charlie Hedges now devotes his working life to improving the way our institutions handle missing persons. His goal is to build police expertise across Europe to make sure risk is properly assessed when a person is reported missing.
    He joins Karen and Caroline to explain why you shouldn’t wait to contact authorities if you believe someone is missing. He tells how he’s experienced the impact of a delay upon cases he’s handled and why anyone who is concerned should report a person missing – it’s not just down to family members.
    So why do the police ask so many questions when someone is reported missing? Charlie takes Caroline and Karen through the ways risk and background is assessed and how that information is used to try and find them.
    We want you to share knowledge and empower conversations to help tackle the missing persons crisis. Find out more about all of our guests and the Missing Persons Uncovered project and find links to support on the website missingpersonsuncovered.com


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    • 24 min
    Why Do People Go Missing? Ft. Aagje Ieven

    Why Do People Go Missing? Ft. Aagje Ieven

    Advisory warning: Please note this episode contains references to suicide and self-harm
     
    What do we mean when we call a child a runaway? And how is this symptomatic of a much bigger issue?
    This time, Karen and Caroline are joined by Aagje Ieven, the Secretary General of Missing Children Europe, to look at the real reasons people go missing. And these aren’t the ones you hear about in the movies.
    They look at the gaps in care that cause vulnerable people – adults and children – to be lost by our international systems of protection and unpick the complicated terminology that can exacerbate the issue.
    Aagje also shares shocking statistics about missing children and the interrelation with abduction, smuggling and trafficking. The team also discusses how war and conflict has created extreme forced displacement in recent months and years.
    Please note this episode includes references to suicide and self-harm.
    We want you to share knowledge and empower conversations to help tackle the missing persons crisis. Find out more about all of our guests and the Missing Persons Uncovered project and find links to support on the website missingpersonsuncovered.com
     
    Follow @aagjeieven on Twitter.
    Find out about the mission and values of Missing Children Europe
     

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    • 27 min
    What Does it Mean to Be A Missing Person?

    What Does it Mean to Be A Missing Person?

    What does it mean to go missing? And why do approximately 8 million people disappear every year around the world?
    In the first episode of the series, meet Caroline and Karen. Their passion for protecting vulnerable people and getting into the minds of individuals who either choose or do not choose to disappear has led them on a journey of discovery. Find out how they’ve been moved to dedicate their working lives to helping society understand issues around missing persons, and get to grips with the often misunderstood world of people who disappear.
    Karen and Caroline unpack what sort of person goes missing – you may be surprised to find out that those you love could be at risk. They ask whether, for someone to be missing, they need to first be missed, and explore what this means for relationships and responsibilities, and how many people are impacted by one person going missing.
    Plus Karen shares her personal motivation for seeking to understand the issue better, after the disappearance of her father during the Yom Kippur war, and latterly as a result of trauma.
    Find out more about all of our guests and the Missing Persons Uncovered project and find links to further information support on the website missingpersonsuncovered.com

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    • 29 min

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