Police Scotland and partner agencies in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde have introduced a scheme in the area to help trace vulnerable missing people.
The Herbert Protocol is a well-established initiative already used elsewhere in Scotland and the wider UK. It originated in Norfolk and takes its name after Normandy landings veteran George Herbert, who lived with dementia and died in 2011 after he went missing while looking for his childhood home.
It requires a detailed form to be populated with vital information such as a photograph, contact details, current medication and significant locations, which can then be used by officers to save vital time in a missing person inquiry.
The scheme will be rolled out to everyone registered with adult care services in the Renfrewshire and Inverclyde areas including people living with dementia, a learning disability or experiencing mental ill health.
Families can also fill out the forms for vulnerable relatives living at home who are at risk of going missing.
For relatives in a care home, staff there should be contacted initially by a family member to discuss filling in the Herbert Protocol form and it can then be included in an individual’s care plan.
The paperwork can be obtained through any police station or can be downloaded from the Police Scotland website and emailed to officers.
Carers in Renfrewshire can receive help and support to complete this form from Renfrewshire Carers Centre. We believe that this paperwork could save your loved ones from potential harm. We hope that you will never need to use it, but should a crisis occur, it is reassuring to know that these vital details are already at hand. We know this protocol could benefit many of the families that we work with and may work with in the future and are incredibly proud to be a partner agency involved in this roll out.
Please call us on 0141 887 3643 for more information.