How can I find out more about DoLS?

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards is supported by ‘The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, Code of Practice’ .The Code of Practice provides guidance to anyone working with and/or caring for adults who lack capacity, but it particularly focuses on those who have a ‘duty of care’, to a person who lacks capacity to consent to the care or treatment that is being provided and where that care or treatment may include the need to deprive them of their liberty.

The Code of Practice is also intended to provide information for people who are or could become subject to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, and for their families, friends and carers, as well as for anyone who believes that someone is being deprived of their liberty unlawfully.

The Department of Health have produced a series of six information booklets.

The ‘What are the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards’ leaflet is also available in other languages.

Key documents:

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) provide a suite of information to include key documents, eLearning, short films, case law and guidance.