Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Overview

The Mental Capacity Act: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards procedure (MCA DoLS) provides the legal framework to prevent unlawful deprivation of liberty occurring to particular vulnerable people living in hospitals or care homes.

Audience

This course is for all people who work:

  • With vulnerable adults
  • In hospitals and care homes
  • In Social Care who have responsibility for implementing the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • This course is suitable for learners who are new to the subject or those who wish to refresh their knowledge.

    About this course

    The course contains additional resource materials, useful links and a refresher guide.

    Objectives

    This course will enable you to know:

  • What the deprivation of liberty safeguards are
  • The background and the law to the safeguards
  • Who the safeguards apply to
  • What deprivation of liberty is
  • When a person can be deprived of their liberty
  • The difference between restraint and deprivation of liberty
  • Situations which can lead to deprivation of liberty
  • Strategies to help prevent deprivation of liberty
  • The process of identifying risk and requesting authorisation
  • The ‘standard’ and ‘urgent authorisation process
  • The requirement to keep good records
  • The six assessments
  • The role of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate
  • What happens when the assessments are completed and the requirements are not met / met
  • The relevant person’s representative
  • Authorisation and review
  • Applications to the Court of Protection
  • The role of the Care Quality Commission
  • Unauthorised deprivation of liberty

    Content

    Here are a few of the topics covered in this course:

    What is the assessment and authorisation process? | What are the responsibilities of the supervisory body? | What happens if a deprivation of liberty is not occurring in a hospital of care home? | Identifying risk and requesting authorisation | How to use the Code of Practice | The importance of keeping good records | Urgent authorisations and timescales | The role of assessors | The six assessments | The role of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) | What happens when requirements are not met | What happens when requirements are met | The role of the Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR) | Checks and Reviews | Authorisation terminated | Continue with DOLS | The powers of the Court of Protection | The role of the Care Quality Commission | Unauthorised Deprivation of Liberty