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Adult Social Care Glossary, v 0.41

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards


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Digitising Social Care Glossary, v0.0.3

DoLS are a legal framework applying to individuals who lack the mental capacity to consent to the arrangements for their care. Where such care may amount to a "deprivation of liberty" the arrangements independently assessed to ensure they are in the best interests of the individual concerned (see, )

NE Lincolnshire Council: Social Care Handbook

Safeguards under the Mental Capacity Act (2005) that aim to protect people in care homes and hospitals from being inappropriately deprived of their liberty.

Plain English definition
Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) Jargon Buster

Legal protection for people in hospitals or care homes who are unable to make decisions about their own care and support, property or finances. People with mental health conditions, including dementia, may not be allowed to make decisions for themselves, if this is deemed to be in their best interests. The safeguards exist to make sure that people do not lose the right to make their own decisions for the wrong reasons.

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