Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
The Deprivation of Liberty
Safeguards (DoLS) was introduced into the Mental Capacity Act 2005
(MCA) through the Mental Health Act 2007. DoLS are to prevent
arbitrary decisions being made that deprive vulnerable people who
lack capacity of their liberty.
Sometimes we have to place
restrictions on people for their own safety. There are different
restrictions ranging for example from a locked door to physical
restraint. At some point the degree and intensity of these
restrictions become what is legally known as a deprivation of
A person must lack
capacity as defined in the Metal Capacity Act 2005 and be
considered in need of deprivation of liberty authorisation.