This online DoLS Training explains what needs to be done before a deprivation of liberty can be authorised. It has been designed to be used by anyone who cares for someone who may lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves.
Depriving someone of their liberty is a major step to take, and this training guides you through the correct process.
The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were introduced to help protect a person's rights, as well as protecting them from harm and ensuring any necessary action is taken in a safe, correct and sensitive way.
2015 - 2016 saw the most DoLS applications ever recieved by councils up and down the UK since the DoLS were introduced in 2009. 195,840 applications were reported by councils, that means that for every 100,000 adults in the UK, 454 DoLS applications were reported.
This training explains what these safeguards are and the six assessments which must be done before a deprivation of liberty can be authorised. It looks at the differences between restraint, restriction and deprivation and explains why it's so important to have policies in place, follow procedures and keep records. It tells you which forms are required at each point and includes a step-by-step guide to the urgent authorisation procedure.
The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Training course is broken down into 4 sections.
In this section we look at what deprivation of liberty means and who could be affected by it. We look at restrictions and restraint and the importance of recognising that if you're applying a number of restrictions and restraints together or for long periods this could add up to depriving them of their liberty.
This section covers the standard authorisation procedure AND the urgent authorisation procedure. It looks at the six assessments that must be done and who is responsible for doing what.
It also covers the formal process of review and how to suspend a standard authorisation.
The deprivation of liberty safeguards exist to protect a person's human right to be free. The safeguards ensure that the person has some form of backup - they can have support, they can insist on a review and they have the right of appeal to the Court of Protection.
In this section we look at these safeguards and we look at when they can't be used and we look at what you should do if you think someone is being deprived of their liberty, but it's not been authorised.
The Mental Capacity Act has procedures for authorising a deprivation of liberty in hospitals and care homes and there are a number of forms that can help make sure correct procedures are followed.
In this section we look at the forms, the procedure and the importance of record keeping.