Herbert Protocol & dementia – advice for all

The Herbert Protocol ‘safe and found’ initiative is named after George Herbert, a war veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia.

It is distressing if a loved one, friend or neighbour fails to return home when they should, but for people who care for someone with dementia this could be quite a common occurrence.

The Herbert Protocol aims to give peace of mind to those who care for someone with dementia and worry that they may go missing. This is a national scheme supported locally by Greater Manchester Police and other local agencies.

The Herbert Protocol is a form which is kept at home, or in a safe place, with important information about a vulnerable person.

The form contains questions for carers, family members or friends to complete in advance, recording all vital details, including medication required, mobile numbers, places previously located or attended, a photograph, associates, daily routine etc..

When a person is reported missing, the police need a lot of information from people who are likely to be in a state of anxiety. Gathering that information takes time and it may not always be accurate, particularly when it relates to historic information which can be important when searching for a person with dementia.

For this reason the Herbert Protocol is designed to collect most of the information in ‘slow time’ – it can then be passed to the police quickly if it is ever needed. It will help the police in their search, saving valuable time and help return them to safety. The form should be kept up to date with a recent photograph of the person that can be passed to the police if needed.

The police will only ever ask for the form if the person is reported missing.

The form and further details can be found on the GMP website at www.gmp.police.uk/Herbert

On this page you will also find a poster and leaflet about the scheme.

The video at youtu.be/0YOWrSsnt2o explains more about the scheme.

How common is dementia?
According to the Alzheimer’s Society there are around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia. One in 14 people over 65 will develop dementia, and the condition affects 1 in 6 people over 80.

The number of people with dementia is increasing because people are living longer. It is estimated that by 2025, the number of people with dementia in the UK will have increased to around 1 million.

Find out more from specialist organisations such as:

Q&A

Got a question?

Use our quick Q+A to find commonly asked quesitons.

Can’t find what you are looking for?

View our resources page

Latest News and Training & Events

We try to keep our newsfeed as up to date as possible and feature items of interest to practitioners and volunteers across our partnerships

News

Sep

09

Anyone who has been affected by the suicide of a loved one knows how devastating ...

Aug

30

The Manchester Safeguarding Partnership (formerly Manchester Safeguarding Adults ...

Training

Aug

21

Date:  Thursday 3rd October 2019      Time:  2 -3.00 pm (1.45 pm Registrat...

Jul

25

Date: 11th February 2020Venue: LeedsNext year's conference will explore ...

Partners

GMMH_Logo
GMFRS logo
nwas logo
CPS logo
Christie logo
Cafcass logo
GMSP logo
hw_manchester logo
Macc logo
PAHT logo
MFT logo
mhcc logo
NHS England logo
CRC logo
NPS logo
GMP logo
Barnardo's logo
MCC logo
Manchester Safeguarding Boards