The Herbert Protocol


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The Herbert Protocol

Where has this been for the last 4 years of my blogging? Better late than never!

The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme that encourages carers, family and friends to provide and put together useful information, which can then be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.
This scheme was introduced by the West Yorkshire Police and other agencies nationwide.
Carers and / or relatives and friends can complete a form in advance, including important information about the missing individual such as the contact numbers, medication needed, locations the person was last seen and so forth also a photograph can be provided.
The form can be easily sent or handed to the police in the event of a loved one going missing, reducing the time to gather this information.  The form should be completed as soon as possible.
The scheme is designed to help those caring for someone with dementia also to make sure in the event a person going missing the police can gain access to essential information promptly.
Remembering vital information at a time like this can be very distressing for loved ones and when being asked the police and can add to the stress and upset caused. The information contained within these forms aims to relieve some of that stress.
The Herbert Protocol initiative is named after George Herbert, a War veteran of the Normandy landings, who had dementia and sadly died while he was ‘missing’ on his way to his childhood home.

To get a copy of the form and find out more please visit the West Yorkshire Police website: 

I would also ask the question that ” Is there not a need for a national data base for people with dementia? Updated regularly with recent photos but all the data is stored on one central computer ?

This in addition to my range of free to make at home cards, labels and badges is a really useful GPS free system. GPS doesn’t always work.


Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.

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