Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Course Overview

The deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) are part of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and must be understood within the wider context of the MCA. This short test of your knowledge will help you decide whether you have sufficient knowledge of the basic framework of the MCA to be able to understand DoLS and appropriately carry out the statutory role of DoLS mental health assessor.

Preservation of a person’s liberty is governed by law. Deprivation of Liberty can be lawful when in a person’s best interest to protect them from harm.

This course will provide delegates with a clear understanding of their responsibilities in safeguarding liberty and the correct process to follow for lawful deprivation where this is appropriate.

This and all our care courses have been updated according to the Care Act 2014.

The content is suitable for qualified and unqualified staff across health and social care disciplines e.g. care assistants, ward staff, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social workers.

Example Course Content

  • Legislation overview
  • Safeguards background – The Bournewood Case.
  • What is Deprivation of Liberty?
  • Restriction of liberty
  • What is the objective of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards legislation?
  • What constitutes Deprivation of Liberty?
  • Lawful Vs unlawful deprivation
  • Who do the safeguards cover?
  • Managing authorities
  • Supervisory bodies
  • Court of Protection
  • Reviews
  • Case study
  • Action plan for place of work

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