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Herbert Protocol: Missing Person Form

This form is designed to be completed before a vulnerable person goes missing.

If a loved one has gone missing please report it immediately to 999.

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Surrey Police is part of the national Herbert Protocol initiative - a risk reduction tool for people living with dementia who may go missing. The initiative is named after George Herbert, a Second World War veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia and repeatedly went missing from his care home whilst trying to return home.

The form requires a family member or carer to fill in vital information about the vulnerable person, including their full details, regular routines, addresses they have connections to, and details around their physical health and current medical conditions.

Don’t worry if you can’t fill it all in, but the more information we have the better. The completed form should be kept safely by carers, family or friends, where it can be found quickly in the unfortunate event of the person going missing.

It is designed to help police locate the person as quickly as possible and avoids putting families through the stress of having to answer questions from police at an incredibly distressing and worrying time. The police will only ever ask for the form if the person is reported missing.

Thank you for taking the time to complete it. It could help to save someone’s life.

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