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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

  • 1 – 2 days
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This course is aimed at anyone who needs to know more about The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, and what it means for staff groups across a range of settings. Since the replacement for DoLS, the Liberty Protection Safeguards, has now indefinitely been put on hold, there is a new focus on how to implement this important piece of legislation.

Courses can be tailor-made from the following elements:

  • Why we need a Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • The meaning of Liberty in the UK in 2023
  • To whom the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards might apply, and in what circumstances
  • “Best interest” – and the importance of the role of the Best Interest Assessor
  • The 6 qualifying requirements for a DoL application
  • The difference between restriction and deprivation of liberty
  • What is involved in making an application for deprivation of liberty – the role of the “managing authority” and the “supervisory body”
  • The review system, and the Court of Protection and its role
  • Community DoLS – changes in the regulations, via the Supreme Court judgement in the Cheshire West case
  • What the phrases “continuous supervision and control” and “not free to leave” mean in a practical sense
  • A range of interactive real-life case studies drawn from the Court of Protection
  • Where to go for more information
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