Safeguarding and prevention

Missing people - The Herbert Protocol

BSL Support

The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme which encourages staff and carers to compile useful information which could be used if a vulnerable person goes missing.

Carers and staff can complete a form recording all vital details such as:

  • Physical description
  • A photograph
  • Medical history
  • Contact details
  • Places previosuly located.

In the event of a person going missing, the form can be handed to the police to reduce the time taken in gathering this information and allow them to begin searching quickly.

Recording this information ahead of time and keeping it updated will greatly reduce the stress from trying to recall detailed information in an emergency situation.