Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) were introduced to provide a legal framework around those who have been deprived of their liberty. Specifically, they were introduced to prevent breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

To prevent breaches of the ECHR, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 has been amended to provide safeguards for people who lack capacity specifically to consent to treatment or care in either a hospital or a care home that, in their own best interests, can only be provided in circumstances that amount to a deprivation of liberty, and where detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 is not appropriate for the person at that time.

A supervisory body is responsible for considering requests for deprivation of liberty authorisations, commissioning the required assessments and, where all the assessments agree, authorising the deprivation.

C & G Professional are able to provide Independent Best Interest Assessors to carry out these assessments and, depending on area, we are able to provide Independent Mental Health Assessors to ensure that all criteria assessments are carried out. All work will be legally approved by our solicitor before papers are returned to the Managing Authority.

For more details or to discuss cost or terms and conditions please contact C & G Professional.