Introducing the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

self harm 3 thumbnail 2Many people are confused about the MCA’s Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and what it means for them. There are many misconceptions making it hard for people to ‘see the wood for the trees’. This training takes the participants through the legislation, the reasoning behind it and their responsibilities in a logical step by step fashion.

By constantly relating DoLS to practice and by relying upon straightforward illustrations, case studies, quizzes and discussion this course builds upon existing and familiar knowledge. It is not enough simply to give people information – that information must be arranged in ways that change their understanding so that far from being ‘another new stick to beat us with’ they see DoLS as the positive means to help them avoid breaking existing law.

By the end of the course participants will not be experts in all the underlying concepts but they will have a real awareness of their responsibilities and the confidence to put that awareness into practice.

The course covers:

Background to Dols (Bournewood, Fritzl and the European Convention)

Different types of liberty

Practice implications

Why we can’t use DoLS elsewhere.

Impairment of brain versus impairment of mind


Applying for DoLS authorisation

The basic process (6 assessments)

Standard & Emergency authorisations


What care workers must do to stay safe (and legal)

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