SCIE Report 66: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: putting them into practice

Updated: August 2014

This resource describes good practice in the management and implementation of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS; the Safeguards). It includes the roles of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and wider local authority governance. The resource is structured with freestanding sections on hospitals, care homes, supervisory bodies, assessors and authorisers, hence there is some inevitable repetition between them.

The resource is not intended to be a complete and authoritative statement of the law, and should not be relied on as such. Examples of good or innovative practice are used to show how the Safeguards can work effectively to protect the human rights of the most vulnerable adults in society, but it is not suggested that the practice described is the only way to achieve this.


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