A guide to the deprivation of liberty safeguards
Looks at the law on deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS).
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Janet has twenty five years experience of working with people with a learning disability and for the majority of that time has been involved in listening to and representing their views to others.
Janet is currently the chief officer or Advocacy Resource Exchange and was involved in writing the modules for the New National Advocacy Qualification. She has also written other learning materials for the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act. Janet’s keen interest in the Act stems from her commitment to ensure that people are involved in directing the course of their own life in whatever ways possible. She has delivered significant training for service providers on the Act and has undertaken a number of research projects to identify how effectively the Act is being implemented.
Janet is the Chair of an Advocacy organisation in her area and is also a volunteer advocate. She works with the Office of the Public Guardian as a visitor to monitor Deputies appointed under the Mental Capacity Act through the Court of Protection.
Capacity Care (Capacity) is a non-profit social enterprise that was established to raise awareness of the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 among professionals and non-professionals alike.
Capacity’s activities centre upon helping organisations and individuals to understand their responsibilities under the Act. It achieves this through the development and delivery professional training, e-learning, audit and research services and a dispute resolution service.
At its heart, Capacity has an ethical and socially aware approach to the delivery of all of its services. It is a business with primarily social objectives and is committed to one simple thing - improving the lives and well-being of adults who lack or have reduced capacity through the delivery of better quality services.
Alison is the Mental Capacity Act project manager at the Social Care Institute for Excellence. Her areas of interest include the safeguards that exist to protect the rights of adults who lack capacity, and their supporters.
Alison has a legal background and joined SCIE in December 2008 from the advocacy sector.
Dr David Thompson is a Senior Practice Development Manager at the Social Care Institute for Excellence with responsibility for work on mental capacity. He has a wide experience of direct work, practice development, research and teaching, mainly involving people with learning disabilities. His areas of interest include advocacy, ageing, family carers and sexual issues – the latter being the focus of his PhD. David is also a Court of Protection Visitor.
Carol is the DOLS Manager at East Sussex County Council. Carol has provided advice to SCIE on several projects and produced a range of audit tools on the MCA focusing on best interests decision making. Carol was also involved in producing 'Knowing You Matter', a documentary which gives a platform for people in residential care to be seen and heard as individuals and challenges professionals within the care sector to do more to make people feel included and valued.
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All the video extracts used in the e-learning resources are taken from the Mental Capacity Social Care TV programmes. To view the programmes in full and to see other related programmes on Mental Capacity and other Social Work and Social Care topics please visit Social Care TV.