The Herbert Protocol
Created on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
by Kathryn Shaw
Do you care for someone who has dementia, or a similar vulnerability, and worry that they might go missing? For people living with or caring for someone else, this is quite common.
The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme being introduced by Derbyshire Constabulary and other agencies; it encourages carers to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.
Carers, family members and friends or professionals can complete the form in advance. The form records all vital details, such as medication required, mobile numbers, places previously located or a photograph.
These can all help in locating the person if they ever go missing, as the form can be easily shared with the police to reduce the time taken in gathering this crucial information.
The Herbert Protocol initiative is named after George Herbert, a WWII veteran who took part in the Normandy landings. George lived with dementia in the final stages of his life and repeatedly went missing from his care home while trying to return to his former home.
You can find the link to both the information leaflet and the form mentioned, below. Remember, these forms are important to keep safe so that you can immediately give it to the authorities if a vulnerable person goes missing.
The Herbert Protocol is not a replacement for existing safeguarding and security measures, but is a simple risk reduction tool to be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.
You can read more about it on the Derbyshire Constabulary website.