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.

DoLS At a Glance

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards ensures people who cannot consent to their care arrangements are protected if those arrangements deprive them of their liberty. Our popular briefing.
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