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Geoff Newiss

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Geoff Newiss first became involved in the study of missing persons as a member of the Home Office Serious Crime research team.

Geoff has published a review of police policy and practice in responding to missing persons before going on to undertake a large-scale study of homicide investigations which start as missing person inquiries. He has since completed studies of missing episodes which result in fatality and the characteristics of long-term disappearances.

In 2007, he became the director of policy and research at the charity Missing People, where he oversaw work to examine the impact on families when someone goes missing and the development of information sharing processes between the charity and organisations working with homeless people in Westminster.

Geoff is currently the director of research at Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT). His study of police-recorded offences of child abduction and kidnapping won a police commendation in 2013. In 2014, he published a critique of 'stranger danger' and has a strong interest in developing new evidence-based abduction avoidance strategies.

Geoff is also a search technician with Hampshire Search and Rescue (HANTSAR).

Mobile phone number: 07776 252034


Year gained Subject
1996 Social Policy and Administration (IT) Masters, University of Kent
1995 Combined Studies (Social Policy) BA, University of Humberside

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2011 Director of research, Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT)
2007 Director of policy and research, Missing People
2004 Senior research officer, Home Office Research and Statistics Directorate


  • Newiss, G. and Collie, C. (2015) Police-recorded child abduction and kidnapping 2012/13 to 2013/14 England, Wales and Northern Ireland. London: PACT
  • Newiss, G. (2014) Beyond Stranger Danger: teaching children about staying safe from stranger child abduction. London: PACT/CEOP
  • Newiss, G. (2013) Taken: A study of child abduction in the UK. London: PACT/CEOP
  • Newiss, G. (2011) Learning from fatal disappearances. London: Missing People
  • Newiss, G. (2011) Going missing on a night out: men found dead in water. London: Missing People
  • Newiss, G. (2006) ‘Understanding the risk of going missing: estimating the probability of fatal outcomes in cancelled cases'. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, 29 (2): 246-260
  • Newiss, G. and Meyer, C. (2005) Every Five Minutes: A Review of the Available Data on Missing Children in the UK. London: PACT
  • Newiss, G. (2005) ‘A Study of the Characteristics of Outstanding Missing Persons: Implications for the Development of Police Risk Assessment'. Policing and Society, 15 (2): 212-225
  • Newiss, G. (2004) ‘Estimating the risk faced by missing persons: a study of homicide victims as an example of an outcome based approach'. International Journal of Police Science and Management, 6 (1): 27-36
  • Newiss, G. and Fairbrother, L. (2004) Child abduction: understanding police recorded crime statistics. Research Findings 225. London: Home Office
  • Newiss, G. (2003) Homicides which begin as missing person enquiries: a study of victims and offences. Special Interest Series 13. London: Home Office
  • Newiss, G. (1999) Missing presumed...? the police response to missing persons. Police Research Series 114. London: Home Office

Conference Highlights

  • 'Missing on a night out', Association of Lowland Search and Rescue Conference, Newport Pagnell, 5 September 2015
  • 'Missing on a night out: risks, outcomes and implications', Second International Conference on Missing Children and Adults, University of Brussels, 10 July 2015
  • 'Beyond Stranger Danger', Second International Conference on Missing Children and Adults, University of Brussels, 9 July 2015

Professional Body Membership

  • British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

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