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.
Learn about the latest thinking and guidance on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards to help you understand the legislation and implement good practice
DoLS e-Learning course: Recently relaunched with CPD accreditation
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.
Looks at the law on deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS).
Supreme Court judgment
SCIE’s videos discussing the Supreme Court’s 2014 Cheshire West judgment on deprivation of liberty.