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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Sanctuary Training

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards



Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards protects the most vulnerable individuals who reside in hospitals and care homes. It plays an important role in prevent unlawful deprivation of liberty occurring. Here, you’ll learn about the MCA DoLS framework and how it offers safeguards against this.


This course is for all people who work:

  • With vulnerable adults
  • In hospitals and care homes
  • In Social Care who have responsibility for implementing the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

This course is suitable for learners who are new to the subject or those who wish to refresh their knowledge.


The Mental Capacity Act: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards procedure (MCA DoLS) provides the legal framework to prevent unlawful deprivation of liberty occurring to particular vulnerable people living in hospitals or care homes.

You will automatically get a course certificate on course completion – with your name, the CPD hours, the date and learning objectives.

The course contains additional resource materials, useful links and a refresher guide.


Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll have a knowledge of:

  • What the deprivation of liberty safeguards are and who they apply to
  • The background and the law to the safeguards
  • What deprivation of liberty is and when a person can be deprived of their liberty
  • The difference between restraint and deprivation of liberty
  • Situations which can lead to deprivation of liberty and strategies to help prevent it
  • The process of identifying risk and requesting both 'standard’ and ‘urgent’ authorisation
  • The requirement to keep good records
  • The six assessments
  • The role of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate
  • What happens when the assessments are completed and the requirements are not met / met
  • The relevant person’s representative
  • Authorisation and review
  • Applications to the Court of Protection
  • The role of the Care Quality Commission
  • Unauthorised deprivation of liberty

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