Staffordshire Police has launched an innovative scheme to help locate vulnerable people with dementia who go missing.

The Herbert Protocol is an early intervention scheme designed to find people suffering from the condition more quickly, Nursing home staff from across Staffordshire attended one of three events held by Staffordshire Police to launch the scheme.

The Herbert Protocol consists of a form that contains vital information about a person at risk that can be passed to the police if the person is reported missing. A recent photograph of the person should also be kept with the form. Although it won’t prevent vulnerable people from going missing, the information shared will help to locate and safeguard someone quicker and the scheme will complement existing safeguarding and security measures.

The latest figures for Staffordshire show that in 2015 – 16, 1058 adults were reported missing with 32 (3%) having dementia at the time of the missing report.

Diane Malkin, Vulnerability Manager for Staffordshire Police, said: “This protocol is very important to us within our role to protect people who are vulnerable. Those who have a caring responsibility can record and share information when necessary to help us locate and safeguard people quicker. We are looking to nursing homes to work with us to sign up to the protocol and then towards the autumn we will be launching this to the public.”