Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

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Part Number:34
  • Modules:2
  • Duration:1 hours 15 minutes
The Mental Capacity Act: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards procedure (MCA DoLS) provides the legal framework which ensures that deprivation of liberty does not happen to vulnerable people living in hospitals or care homes, and the definitions by which this sort of deprivation is measured and assessed. It creates an environment in which both vulnerable people and their carers can be protected.

Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll have a good working knowledge of:
  • What the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are and who they apply to
  • The background to and the law regarding the safeguards
  • What deprivation of liberty is and when and how a person can be deprived of their liberty
  • The difference between restraint and deprivation of liberty
  • Situations that can lead to deprivation of liberty and strategies to help prevent it
  • The process of identifying risk and requesting both ‘standard’ and ‘urgent’ authorisation
  • The requirement to keep good records
  • The six assessments
  • The role of an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate
  • What happens when the assessments are completed and the requirements are not met/met
  • The relevant person’s representative and their role
  • Authorisation and review
  • Applications to the Court of Protection
  • The role of the Care Quality Commission
  • Unauthorised deprivation of liberty
  • The Mental Capacity Act made simple

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