Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

Information for care homes/hospitals as managing authorities, for supervisory bodies, for BIAs, and for people affected by DoLS – including ADASS forms, films, and general guidance. Information about the new Liberty Protection Safeguards.

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Guidance for health and social care staff who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity.

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Some of this material was submitted prior to the changed requirements in how coroners respond to deaths in care homes of people subject to DoLS. The information about this aspect of DoLS may therefore be inaccurate, but other aspects of the submissions remain up-to-date and useful.

General information

Panel recommendations

Age UK

Ministry of Justice

  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: Code of Practice to supplement the main MCA 2005 Code of Practice
  • From Monday 3 April 2017 coroners will no longer have a duty to undertake an inquest into the death of every person who was subject to an authorisation under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (known as DoLS) under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
    In these cases an inquest will still be required if the person died before Monday 3 April 2017. However, for any person subject to a DoLS authorisation who dies on the 3rd, or any time after, their death need not be reported to the coroner unless the cause of death is unknown or where there are concerns that the cause of death was unnatural or violent, including where there is any concern about the care given having contributed to the persons death.
    Any person with any concerns about how or why someone has come to their death can contact the coroner directly. This will not change where a person subject to a DoLS authorisation. What will change is that the coroner will no longer be duty bound to investigate every death where the deceased had a DoLS in place.
    Guide to coroner services and coroner investigations – a short guide

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Multi-agency

39 Essex Chambers


Care Quality Commission

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and Sunderland CCG

Cornwall Council

Daisy Bogg Consultancy

Department of Health and Social Care

Edge Training

Hospice UK

Law Society

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

Local Government Association (LGA)

Mental Capacity Law and Policy


One Stop Social

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield City Council

Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE)

The College of Social Work

Applications and assessments

Panel recommendations

Directors of ADASS

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Birmingham South Central CCG

DoLS Pro

Standex Systems

Case law

39 Essex Chambers

Council for Disabled Children (part of the National Children’s Bureau)



Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act

39 Essex Chambers

Community Care

Department of Health and Social Care

Edge Training


Court of Protection Handbook

Mental Capacity Law and Policy