Publications

For education and support

The National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) develops a number of publications to educate, inform and support families and friends of missing persons, police, professionals and the general public.

 

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Acknowledging The Empty Space

Providing support to families and friends of missing persons is a role that can fall to police, support agencies, health practitioners, media or other family and friends.

There is currently no model of counselling that allows health practitioners and professionals to adequately explore the specific needs of families who are left behind. While there is grief support available, it does not take into account the long-term ramifications of never gaining closure when a loved one's location remains unknown.

In response to this, the NMPCC in collaboration with the University of New England and public health researcher Dr Sarah Wayland, have developed the publication Acknowledging The Empty Space (PDF 6MB). This national counselling framework aims to assist health practitioners and professionals in understanding the trauma and impact on families of missing persons and how they can best support those who are left behind.

To receive a printed version of this publication, please contact us.

The publication 'Acknowledging The Empty Space' supersedes the previous NMPCC produced counselling framework publication 'Supporting Those Left Behind' 2007.

The SOS Guide: Missing Persons

Every missing person investigation will be different depending on the individual circumstances of a disappearance. The SOS Guide: Missing Persons (2017) (5 MB) has been developed to provide general guidance on how to navigate legal and practical matters during the disappearance of a family member or friend.

 

Factsheets - General

General Factsheets

Factsheets - High risk groups

Older people and dementia

Missing persons and mental health

Young people

Factsheets - Family Law

Family law matters

Factsheets - Using the media

Using the media

Factsheets - Support, Legal and Education

Factsheets - Translated

To request the Myths and Facts factsheet in any of the languages outlined below or the translation of other resources available in English on this page please contact the NMPCC via email at [email protected].

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Renata WOLANIN

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John MORAN

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Jake LYONS

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