Deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS)

Posted on March 5, 2013. Filed under: Adult's Services, DOLS |


The Government has added new provisions to the Mental Capacity Act 2005: the deprivation of liberty safeguards. The safeguards focus on some of the most vulnerable people in our society: those who, for their own safety, and in their own best interests, need to be accommodated under care and treatment regimes that may have the effect of depriving them of their liberty, but who lack the capacity to consent.

The deprivation of a person’s liberty is a very serious matter and should not happen unless it is absolutely necessary, and in the best interests of the person concerned. That is why the safeguards have been created: to ensure that any decision to deprive someone of their liberty is made following defined processes and in consultation with specific authorities.

A Direct Payment is money paid by the local authority to an individual to pay for their own social care and support services. The payment is made instead of actual community care services being provided, and is roughly equal to the amount that would have been spent on community care services.

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