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Tanja Conway-Grim MRes BSc (Hons) HND (Dist) AMRBS AMCSFS IHIA

Tanja first went missing in 1966 as a toddler and has had missing episodes throughout her life for a variety of reasons. In 2017 she was finally diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum.

She regularly presents workshops and training sessions on autism and neurodiversity, suicide prevention, missing people, co-production (and any combination thereof), for the NHS, Health Education England, charities and the probation service. Tanja has also worked to help runaway children at an international railway station to re-establish contact with their family or carers.

She has undertaken several degrees as a mature student; the latest one an MRes in Forensic Investigation with Cranfield University Defence and Security, looking at search techniques for ‘no-body’ homicides. She has undertaken the full Lowland Rescue training programme, and undertook the residential PolSA course. She now works part-time for the NHS and a county council, specialising in suicide prevention, equality & diversity, autism training, quality & safety reviews and complaints scrutiny. She is the co-chair of the mind body clinical academic group, on the steering group for critical and urgent care pathways and sits on the local Autism Partnership Board.

Passionate about missing people and those left behind, she continues to volunteer for a number of relevant charities and the police in a variety of roles. Tanja brings both the personal perspective of a missing person, a carer for a missing person/at risk of going missing person, county lines missing young people, as well as practical and research experience in the field.