Depriving someone of their liberty is a major step to take and this training guides you through the correct process.

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were introduced to help protect a person’s rights, as well as protecting them from harm and ensuring any necessary action is taken in a safe, correct and sensitive way.

There were 227,400 applications for DoLS received during 2017-18, with almost three quarters relating to people aged 75 and over.

This training explains what these safeguards are and the six assessments which must be done before a deprivation of liberty can be authorised. It looks at the differences between restraint, restriction and deprivation and explains why it’s so important to have policies in place, follow procedures and keep records. It tells you which forms are required at each point and includes a step-by-step guide to the urgent authorisation procedure.



Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: Course Contents


1 What Constitutes Deprivation of Liberty?


The first section covers what deprivation of liberty actually means and who might be affected by it. It looks at restrictions and restraint and the importance of recognising that if a number of restrictions and restraints are applied together, or for lengthy periods, this could add up to depriving a person of their liberty.


2 Authorising a Deprivation of Liberty



The section covers the standard and the urgent authorisation procedures and it looks at the six assessments that should be done, who is responsible for them, the formal review process and how to suspend a standard authorisation.


3 The Safeguards


Safeguards exist to protect a person's right to be free and they ensure that a person who may be deprived of their liberty has a substantial form of backup. This section looks at what these safeguards are and when they can and can’t be used.  It also covers what should be done if you think someone is being deprived of their liberty without authorisation.


4 The Importance of Record Keeping


The Mental Capacity Act contains procedures for authorising a deprivation of liberty in hospital and care home settings.  There are a number of forms that make sure that the correct procedures are being followed and this section looks at them, the procedures and the importance of record keeping.


Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

Duration: 30 Minutes


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