The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme used by Cambridgeshire Norfolk Police and other agencies. It encourages carers to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.
People with dementia, or with other conditions or situations can sometimes start to wander. This might only be into the garden or street for a short time, but sometimes people get lost and go missing.
Carers, family or friends of a vulnerable person, or the person themselves, can fill in a Herbert Protocol form in advance, containing information to help the police if the person goes missing.
Keeping a completed form means you don’t have to try to remember the information when you are under stress if someone goes missing. And it saves time, so the police and others can start the search sooner.
They understand that this can be a deeply upsetting time for those involved, and that being asked by a police officer to remember all sorts of different information can add to this worry, and be more difficult at this time. These forms, and the information they contain, are designed to help remove some of that stress. Unpaid carers, family members and friends can complete in advance, a form recording all vital details such as:
- medication required
- mobile numbers
- places previously located
In the event of your family member or friend going missing, the information can be easily sent or handed to the police to reduce the time taken in gathering this information.