News Release

5th International Conference for Missing Children and Adults

Meeting Announcement

University of Portsmouth


5 July 2021

9.00am - 9.30am: Registration

9.30am - 10.30am: Opening and Welcome

Bob Nichol- Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Portsmouth

Karen Shalev Greene, University of Portsmouth

ACC Catherine Hankinson/Chief Inspector Alan Rhees- Cooper

Louise Newell, UK Missing Persons Unit, National Crime Agency

10.30am - 11.30am: Plenary session - Lived Experiences of 'Missing': A Call for Action

Maureen Trask

Tanja Conway-Grim

11.30am - 11.45am:Break

11.45am - 12.30pm: Marketplace of ideas 1

Developing a Cold Case System for Missing and Unidentified People-Dave - Grimstead, Locate International, United Kingdom

12.30pm - 1.30pm: Lunch Break

1.30pm - 3.00pm: Parallel sessions

Session 1: The Aftermath of Missingness

After a Missing Person Living with Dementia is Found and Returned Home: Police Protocol and Perspectives- Laura McLennan, University of Waterloo, Canada

Helpful and Unhelpful Elements of Therapeutic Interventions for Families with Missing Loved Ones- Dot Whyte, Abertay University, United Kingdom

Searching for Closure: Families of Missing Migrants in the United Kingdom - Samuel Okyere, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Session 2: Theory and Behaviour

In Search of the Perfect Definition of Missing- Chief Inspector Alan Rhees Cooper, National Police Chief's Council, United Kingdom

Factors to Determine the Risk of Getting Lost and Going Missing Among Persons Living with Dementia: A Scoping Review- Hector Perez, University of Waterloo, Canada

Examining the Connection Between Missing Persons and Victimisation: An Application of Lifestyle Exposure Theory- Lorna Ferguson, University of Western Ontaria, Canada

3.00pm - 3.30pm: Break

3.30pm - 5.00pm: Parallel sessions

Session 3: Forensics and Missing Persons

I-Familia: A New Service by INTERPOL to Identify Missing Persons Globally Through Family DNA Matching- Francois-Xavier Laurent, Interpol

Coronial Investigations into Missing People - Lessons from Australia- Stephanie Dartnall, Charles Stuart University, Australia

Missing Persons in Mass Graves- Ellie Smith and Melanie Klinkner, University of Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Global Perspectives: Epidemiology of Those Who Remain Unidentified After Death - Emma Tilley, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom

Session 4: Understanding and Improving Outcomes for Missing Persons

Assessing Protective Factors and Warning Signs in Missing Person Cases Leading to Suicides- Galit Draizin Itzhaki, Israel

An Examination of Fatal Outcome Missing Persons Reports in the UK- Jessica Whibley, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

The Nature of Harm Missing Adults Experience and a Suggested Multi-Agency Response- Jane Hunter, Missing People, United Kingdom

5.00pm - 5.15pm: Break

5.15pm - 6.00pm: Marketplace of Ideas 2 - Return Discussions in Edinburgh

Tommy Petillo - Purple Alert Coordinator, Alzheimer Scotland

Katie Gambier-Ross - PhD Student at ECRED - ACRC Research Fellow

PC Yocksan Bell - Missing Persons Operational Coordinator, Police Scotland.

6.00pm: Close Day 1

6 July 2021

9.00am - 9.30am: Registration

9.30am - 10.15am: Marketplace of ideas 3 - County lines CCE Missing post 18 - Is there a better way?

SPACE, United Kingdom

10.15am - 10.30am: Break

10.30am - 12 noon: Parallel sessions

Session 5: Community responses to missing

Shared Responsibility: Conceptualising how a Public Health Approach May Enhance Police Response to Missing Persons- Katie Gambier-Ross, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Missing Persons Expert Network-Charlie Hedges, Charlie Hedges Advisory, United Kingdom

Search and Rescue Volunteer Retention and Attrition- Craig Collie, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Session 6: Needs of families

Physically Absent, Psychologically Present': The Emotional and Financial Impact of Current and Future Legislation upon Families of Long-Term Missing Adults- Harriet Rees, University of Winchester, United Kingdom

Anyone Having Information: Practices of Searching for Missing Persons in Israel- Ori Katz, Israel

Families of Missing Migrants - Recent Research on their Search for Answers and the Impacts of Loss: Lessons across four countries - Gabriella Sanchez, Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark

12 noon - 1.00pm: Lunch

1.00pm - 2.30pm: Parallel sessions

Session 7: Trafficking and Migration

The Link Between Missing Children and Child Trafficking in Kenya- Maryana Nandeche Munyendo, Missing Child Kenya, Kenya

Association Between Trafficking and Missing of Young People from Vietnam to the United Kingdom- Geoff Corre, Safeguarding Solutions and Locate International

Families of Missing Migrants - Recent Research on their Search for Answers and the Impacts of Loss. International Organization for Migration, Germany

Session 8: Resource Allocation in Focus

Assessment of How Resource Intensive Missing Person Investigations are. Karen Shalev Greene, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Impact of Police Cuts on Missing Persons Investigations - Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Greenhalgh, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, United Kingdom

Racial Bias During Resource Allocation in Missing Person Investigations - Amy van Langeraad, Goldsmith's University, United Kingdom

Development and Evaluation of Policing Resources for Missing Persons Living with Dementia - Noelannah Neubauer, University of Waterloo, Canada

2.30pm - 3.00pm: Break

3.00pm - 4.30pm: Parallel sessions

Session 9: Search and Rescue

Drones for Good: Using AI-Assisted UAS to Find Missing Persons in Challenging Areas- Ignacio Martinez-Alpiste, University of West of Scotland, United Kingdom

Breed or Deed: Why not use a Pug? An exploration of why Certain Dog Breeds are Favoured and Selected by Search and Rescue Dog Handlers. Christopher Sutherland, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

The Intelligent Search Process- Christopher Young, Chairman Bay Area Search and Rescue Council, USA

Disaster Responder Learning During Full Scale Exercises- Michael Humann, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Session 10: Considering High Risk Groups of Missing Person

Missing from Care: The Response for Looked After Children- Josie Allan, Missing People, United Kingdom

Trajectories of Missing Children with County Lines CCE Indicators - Predictable Therefore Avoidable? - SPACE, United Kingdom

Relationships Between Demographic and Behavioural Factors and Spatial Behaviour in Missing Persons Cases- Freya O'Brien, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

4.30pm - 4.45pm:Coffee break

4.45pm - 5.30pm: Marketplace of ideas 4 - Scotland's National Missing Person Framework: The Local Implementation of National Best Practice

Nikki Reeves, Missing People, United Kingdom

5.30pm: Close Day 2

7 July 2021

9.00am - 9.30am: Registration

9.30am - 10.15am: Market place of ideas 5 - The "INCLUDE" Guide to Good Practice: For Professionals Involved with Child Abductions. Based on the Views of the Children and Young People.

Sara Lembrechts- University of Antwerp/University of Ghent, Belgium

Aagje Ieven- Missing Children Europe, Belgium

10.15am - 10.30am: Break

10.30am - 12 noon: Parallel sessions

Session 11: Managing Risk

The impact of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions on missing person reports- Freya O'Brien, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Improving the Delivery of Safe and Well Checks- Jane Hunter, Missing People, United Kingdom

Can the victim-offender Relationship be used to Inform Search Strategy in Searches for Murder Victims?- Kirsty Bennett, Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom

Session 12: Social Media and Engagement with Missing Persons Searches

Lost from Conversation: Strategies to Incorporate Returned Missing People into Media Stories- Sarah Wayland, University of New England, Australia

A Longitudinal Approach to Understanding Missing Persons Publicity Appeals on Twitter- Simona Ciobotaru, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

A Comparison between Missing Persons Appeals Distributed by News Media and on Social Media- Stefana Juncu and Simona Ciobotaru, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

12 noon - 1.00pm: Lunch

1.00pm - 2.30pm: Parallel sessions

Session 13: Psychological Tools and the Search for Missing Persons

Profiling the Profiler - Knowledge Strategies for Use Quality in Missing Person Profiling- Rebecca Stenberg, Linkoping University, Sweden

Do Task Importance and the Intention to Search Impact Missing Person Sightings?- Kara Moore, Oklahoma State University, USA

Can an Empathy Induction Increase Searching Behaviour for Missing Persons?- Kara Moore, Oklahoma State University, USA

Session 12: Child abduction

The Child-Parent Relationship in Situations of International Parental Abduction- Sandrine Petit, Enfants Disparus, ICMEC, USA

Analysing Stranger Danger Messages in Lessons for Children and Parents- Geoff Newiss, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Parental Views on Stranger Danger and Granting Childhood Independence- Craig Collie, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

2.30pm - 3.00pm: Break

3.00pm - 5.30pm: Missing Children Europe Symposium: Running Away: Drivers Awareness Responses

Key Findings and Recommendations: Missing Children Europe Data Report on Runaway Children- Aagje Ieven (Secretary General) and Eugenia Miyashita (Project Officer Runaways and Hotlines)

Key Findings and Recommendations: Child Helpline International Data Report on Runaway Children- Averill Daly (Data & Research Officer)

Key Findings and Recommendations: EU-wide Focus Groups with runaway children and a Delphi Study of professionals- Margot Goblet (University of Liège)

5.30pm - 5.40pm: Closing remarks

Craig Collie- University of Portsmouth


Further information

If you have any questions or comments regarding the call for papers, or about the conference, please feel free to contact one of the conference organisers:

Lead organiser: Dr. Karen Shalev Greene:

Co-organiser: Dr. Craig Collie:

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