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.

Putting Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) into practice

Learn about the latest thinking and guidance on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards to help you understand the legislation and implement good practice
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DoLS e-Learning course: Recently relaunched with CPD accreditation