The Herbert Protocol is named after George Herbert, who was a decorated veteran who had dementia. George continually went missing from his care home and the Police would have to find him. The Police helped to develop the Protocol from 2011 onwards to help get people with dementia who had gone missing back to a place of safety as quickly as possible.
The Protocol originally focussed just on people in care homes, but it was extended from 2015 to include individuals still living in their own home with dementia.
It can involve use of technology e.g. GPS trackers etc, and an App is being designed to make reporting easier. It started in Norfolk, but is now going to be rolled out nationally.
Whenever someone does go missing, it causes trauma to everyone involved – staff in care homes, family, and the person themselves. So the quicker they can be located and returned to safety, the better for everyone. There were 1400 reports of missing persons to the Police Service last year alone – 5.2% of those are dementia sufferers.
You can read more in the The-Herbert-Protocol-letter.pdf (8 downloads) .
To register with the Herbert Protocol and Norfolk Police, please complete the The-Herbert-Protocol-Missing-Person-Form.pdf (7 downloads) and keep it in a safe place at home. The Police have said they would like to receive a copy which they will keep to save time in case of emergency.
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