Missing Black children survey (parents, carers & professionals)

We have recently published research which showed there may be some differences in the experiences of Black children who are reported missing, when compared to children from other ethnic backgrounds.

We want to understand more about the experiences of Black children who are reported missing including from the perspective of their families and the professionals responsible for their care.

We want to hear from anyone who has reported a child as missing who identifies as being from a Black ethnic background. This includes mixed-heritage children who have one parent from a Black African and, or Caribbean ethnic background.

We understand that Black people’s experiences are not homogenous and there is huge diversity within Black communities. Due to the limitations of this research we aren’t able to explore this fully, however if you are able to share any insight into the impact of differences within Black communities on children’s experiences of missing please share that throughout the survey.

This survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your answers will help us to understand why Black children are more likely than others to go missing; whether there are any differences in the response to Black missing children as compared to others; and whether there are any harms that Black children are more likely to be exposed to when missing. We are really grateful for your time in helping us to answer these questions.

The survey will be completely anonymous and the responses will be stored securely and used only for the purpose of this research.

Where you can get support 

Please note that this survey may be triggering: we are asking questions about what is potentially a difficult experience. You are under no obligation to complete this survey, and if you do feel like you need to talk to someone as a result, here are some organisations you may wish to contact: 
  • Missing People: phone or text 116 000, e-mail 116000@missingpeople.org 
  • Mind: phone 0300 123 3393
  • Shout: text 85258

1. In order to start the survey, please confirm:
  • You are aged at least 16 
  • You are under no duress or pressure to complete this questionnaire
  • You understand that you may withdraw from the questionnaire at any point
  • You understand that you answers will be stored securely and anonymised