Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard (DoLS) Awareness Course

What Will I learn?

This course explores the safeguarding processes in place for people who may be deprived of their liberty in a care home or other care setting. You will understand what the deprivation of liberty safeguards are and develop an awareness of what is covered by them and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

You will gain an awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and how the deprivation of liberty safeguards may apply to your setting.

You will understand the processes involved in the necessary deprivation of liberty, including the application process, assessments and reviewing the authorisation.

You will know what constitutes deprivation, restriction and restraint, and will be familiar with the differences between DoLS and Mental Health Act.

Key Topics:

  • Introduction to deprivation of liberty – define the term deprivation of liberty, the Mental Capacity Act, decisions covered by the Mental Capacity Act, the deprivation of liberty safeguards including risk assessment, who the safeguards apply to
  • Discuss the assessment and authorisation process under deprivation of liberty
  • Responsibilities of health and care environments
  • An exploration of DoLS processes- The five statutory principles – Assuming and assessing capacity, helping someone to make a decision, personal beliefs and preferences, best interests, a less restrictive alternative
  • Authorised deprivation – requests for a standard authorisation and assessments required - When is a deprivation of liberty acceptable?
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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard (DoLS) Awareness
Who should attend this course?

This course is aimed at anyone working with or with a duty of care for vulnerable adults and is suitable for all levels of care staff.

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