published on 12 October 2016
Do you care for someone who has dementia and worry that they might go missing?
The Herbert Protocol is here to help find them if they do.
Nothing is more worrying or distressing than when a loved one or friend goes missing or doesn't return home when expected.
For people living with or caring for someone with dementia, this may be quite common. The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme adopted by Cleveland Police and other police services across the country.
It encourages carers, families, friends or neighbours, to hold information about the person with dementia that can help the police find them if they do go missing.
The basis of the scheme is for vital information about the person such as medication, description, photograph, significant places in the person's life and their daily routine, to be recorded on a form.
The form should then be stored safely - either in electronic format on a computer, or a printed version. It may need to be located quickly, at any time of day or night, by the person who needs the information to begin the initial searches.
When the form is complete, it will contain confidential information about a person so it should be stored securely. Any partner agency required to complete the form will become the data controllers and must store it appropriately.
For further information click the links below:
- Herbert Protocol Leaflet
- Herbert Protocol Information Card
- Herbert Protocol Missing / Vulnerable Person Information Form
- Cleveland Police Website