OUR PURPOSE

Missing Persons is often oversimplified as a policing issue, with a sole focus on search. With limited resources, formulaic risk assessments, varying experience and competing priorities, the issue is too broad and complex to be confined within police.
MPAN works to reframe Missing Persons as a community issue; encouraging the collaborative efforts of media, government, the corporate sector, emergency services and the public. We harness the people power exemplified by Dan Come Home to humanise missing loved ones and alleviate the financial, emotional and psychological impact on loved ones.

When someone disappears, time is of the essence. 

This is the premise behind our foundation project – the Missing Persons Guide – a practical guide of what to do when someone goes missing. The Guide expedites critical processes, minimising time wastage when efficiency matters most.

Longer term, it’s important to recognise the magnitude of the impact on families and friends, which is why – through our awareness campaigns – we’re broadening the narrative of Missing Persons to include the lived experiences and thus the needs of the people left behind.
We are expanding our specialist Ambiguous Loss training, facilitated by Dr Sarah Wayland, to ensure more Australian practitioners are equipped to work with those affected by missingness.
We recognise the importance of establishing partnerships to not only help promote the faces and stories of the missing, increasing the likelihood that they may be recognised, but also to lessen the practical impact on those actively searching for them.
We believe every missing person deserves to be looked for, and each of their loved ones deserves to be cared for.