Vulnerability Identification Card Schemes

Police must secure an appropriate adult whenever they arrest, or voluntarily interview, a person who they "have a reason to suspect may be a vulnerable person" (as defined by PACE Code C). 

Across the country, police forces are increasingly developing and supporting card-based identification schemes. These cards can be helpful in assisting police to identify mental vulnerabilities. They are all voluntary.

Click on a card name below for more information. If you know of a scheme that's not listed, please tell us about it

The National Police Autism Association also keeps a helpful  list of police forces with links to alert cards

Card name Police forces area
Pegasus Nottinghamshire, City of London, Dyfed Powys, Lincolnshire, Surrey, Sussex, Bedfordshire
E-Card Lancashire, Greater Manchester
Keep Safe Cymru   South Wales
Autism Alert 1 Metropolitan, City, British Transport Police (London)
Autism Alert 2 Devon & Cornwall
Autism Alert 3 Thames Valley
Autism Alert 4 Kent
Autism Alert 5 Hampshire
Autism Alert 6 Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire
Autism Alert 7 West Midlands, West Mercia, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, British Transport Police
Autism Alert 8 Merseyside, Cheshire
Brain Injury ID Pilot project - see list of areas


pegasus card

Police Forces: Nottinghamshire, City of London. Dyfed Powys, Lincolnshire, Surrey, Sussex, Bedfordshire

The Pegasus system was developed by Chris Channon MBE, a former paralympian who has cerebral palsy. It is aimed at those whose disability or illness makes it difficult for them to communicate when calling or speaking face to face. It’s designed to make it easier to contact the police quickly and easily. It’s a secure database which contains details registered by an individual. They only have to say ‘Pegasus’ and give their pin number or show their Pegasus card to an officer. The Pegasus scheme is currently arranged at a local level. the card image above is from Sussex police and may look different in other areas.

How to get the card: Click on your police force to find out how to apply; Nottinghamshire, City of London. Dyfed Powys, Lincolnshire, Surrey, Sussex, Bedfordshire



ecard GMP

Police Forces: Lancashire, Greater Manchester

Lancashire Constabulary have developed an emergency information card, which aims to assist people with disabilities to communicate with police or other emergency services. It is credit card sized and has space for the person’s name and photo, medical condition, details of an emergency contact person, and other useful information such as communication needs or requirements in an emergency. The E Card is free of charge and distributed via various channels including NHS mental health teams. It was funded in partnership with Lancashire County Council, Physical Disabilty and Sensory Impairment (PDSI) and Lancashire Partnership Against Crime. the card was launched in 2007, has been identified as best practice by MIND and received recognition from in the media.

How to get the E-card


Keep Safe Cymru Card

safe cymru

Police Forces: South Wales 

Mencap Cymru, Learning Disability Services and South Wales Police have jointly developed the scheme for anyone in the South Wales force area with a Learning disability or mental health and communication need.

How to get the Keep Safe Cymru card


Autism Alert Card (type 1)

There are a wide variety of Autism Alert Cards in use. As initiatives are local, designs vary widely between areas.

2019 autism card london

 Police Forces: Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police, British Transport Police

The same London scheme provides an 'Autism Passport'.

How to get the London autism alert card and passport. 


Autism Alert Card (type 2)

autism alert

Police Force: Devon and Cornwall

The Autism Alert Card is free, plastic and credit card sized It can be issued to individuals aged 10 or over who live anywhere in Devon and Cornwall, although similar schemes are in place in other areas of the country and so the card may be recognised elsewhere.

How to get the Devon and Cornwall Autism Alert card


Autism Alert Card (type 3)

2021 autism thames valley

Police Forces: Thames Valley

Please note: This card was initially only available in Berkshire. However, in the months from September 2021, it is being rolled out to Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes).

How to get the Thames Valley Autism Alert card.


Autism Alert Card (type 4)


Police Forces: Kent

How to get the Kent Autistic Trust Autism Alert card


Autism Alert Card (type 5)


Police Forces: Hampshire

How to get the Hampshire Autism Alert card (a smartphone app is also available).


Autism Alert Card (type 6)

Police Forces: (Anglia) Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Befordshire

How to get the Autism Anglia Autism Alert card


Autism Alert Card (type 7)

autism attention

Police Forces: West Midlands, West Mercia, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, British Transport

Autism West Midlands have developed the Attention Card in partnership with police services across the West Midlands. It has space on the reverse to include the contact details of a trusted person. In stressful situations professionals are able to contact this person.

How to get the Autism Attention card 


Autism Alert Card (type 8)

autism attention

Police Forces: Merseyside, Cheshire

Cheshire Autism Practical Suport the Attention Card. It confirms to emergency services that ‘The person you have with you will have a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition’. Details can be recorded onto Cheshire or Merseyside Police’s intelligence system. This means that in an emergency, irrespective of whether they are carrying the card or Autism Code Keyring, their needs will be acknowledged.

How to get the Autism Attention card 

Brain Injury Identity Card


The Brain Injury Identity Card is currently being developed by leading brain injury charity Headway. It is designed to help identify a brain injury and ensure that the survivor receives an appropriate response. The card also displays a 24 hour criminal legal assistance helpline number, should a brain injury survivor require legal advice. 

For more information about the Brain Injury Identity Card, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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