The Herbert Protocol

Good Morning, Did you watch BBC One's 'Reported Missing' on 19th August? The episode focused on the police search for two vulnerable missing people with dementia.  Both individuals were thankfully found safe and well. The programme showed the police response and highlighted the effects on family and loved ones. 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 an adult with care and support needs, this may be quite common.

The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme adopted by West Midlands 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. For further information on this scheme and to download the form Click Here. Walsall Police

Message Sent By Andrew Ryan (Police, Engagement & Consultation Officer, Walsall NPU)