The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – or DoLs were introduced within the Mental Health Capacity Act 2005, which was enforced in 2007, and is designed to safeguard the most vulnerable people in our society within care homes and Hospitals, who do not have the Mental Capacity to maintain their independence, dignity and right to freedom, and as they are protected if any arrangements deprive them of their liberty.
This course aims to provide you with an understanding of what is covered under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, so you can take appropriate action to protect the welfare of the adults you work with.
- Understand what the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are, who they apply to and how they can be applied to care homes and settings
- 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
- Understand essential responsibilities under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, including the five statutory principles
- Have an awareness of what's involved in assessing capacity and best interests
- Understand the authorisation process for the necessary deprivation of liberty. including the application process, 6 steps to assessment and reviewing the authorisation