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Hampshire Search and Rescue (HANTSAR)

Hampshire Search and Rescue is a voluntary organisation that is tasked by Hampshire Constabulary to support them in searches for missing vulnerable people in Hampshire. Available 24/7, we are a registered charity and part of Lowland Rescue, which sets national standards to which we are trained and adhere.

9 October 2017
South East
Emergency Services Sector
Local Alliances:
Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance, Dementia Friendly Southampton (Southampton DAA)

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

In 2016 around 30% of the vulnerable missing persons we were tasked to search for were living with dementia.  The information from the life questionnaire could reduce our search time and aid a speedier successful outcome.

But there is a second, sometimes forgotten, problem – the worry and trauma experienced by the relatives and carers. By raising awareness of our organisation it might help them to be assured that there are dedicated people working 24/7 to find their missing loved ones.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

There are a lot of people to get the message out to.  We have engaged with people with dementia and other groups, where we have given talks, and attended volunteer fairs where we can inform the public of our work.  We intend to continue with these activities.  We also have an active social media team who raise dementia awareness as part of the ongoing media posts. 

Member website


2. Actions

  • Promote the ‘Herbert Protocol’

    The Herbert Protocol is a ‘life questionnaire’, detailing important facts about a vulnerable person.  The completed form is retained by the relative or care home, and this key information can be passed to the police in the unfortunate event that the person goes missing.  The protocol can be promoted through meetings or talks to associated groups.

  • Raise Dementia Awareness within our Search Teams

    Arrange for an information talk to members as part of a HANTSAR training evening.

  • Support Dementia awareness events

    HANTSAR can support Dementia events by giving short presentations about our work and can have an information stand at these events.  Our main drive would again be to promote the Herbert Protocol.