Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), which apply only in England and Wales, are an amendment to the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The DoLS under the MCA allows restraint and restrictions that amount to a deprivation of liberty to be used in hospitals and care homes – but only if they are in a person’s best interests. To deprive a person of their liberty, care homes and hospitals must request standard authorisation from a local authority.

At a glance

Includes guidance on what deprivation of liberty is and how it is authorised. Also discusses urgent authorisations, safeguards for people who may be deprived of their liberty and when DoLS cannot be used.

Report – DoLS: putting them into practice

Describes good practice in management and implementation of DoLS. Includes roles of clinical commissioning groups and wider local authority governance.

Video – MCA: Deprivation of liberty in light of the Supreme Court judgment: explaining the 2014 changes

9 minutes. Explains recent changes to dDeprivation of liberty in light of the Supreme Court Judgment, which clarified that people who lack capacity to make decisions about their care and treatment have the same rights to liberty as anyone else.

Video – MCA: Deprivation of liberty in light of the Supreme Court judgment: messages for practice

12 minutes. In March 2014, the Supreme Court clarified when someone can legally have their liberty taken away. This video looks at two real-life case studies showing how the judgment affects people’s working.

Guide – IMCA and paid relevant person's representative roles in the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Describes role of Independent Mental Capacity Advocates and paid representatives in the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

Webinar - Introduction to deprivations of liberty

For staff who work with adults with care and support needs in care homes, hospitals and the community.

e-Learning – A guide to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Looks at the law on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).