The Law Society has issued comprehensive guidance on the law relating to the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS).

The safeguards aim to ensure that those who lack capacity and are residing in care home, hospital and supported living environments are not subject to overly restrictive measures in their day-to-day lives.

Ruck Keene

Alex Ruck-Keene

The guidance was commissioned by the Department of Health and aims to help solicitors and frontline health and social care professionals identify when a deprivation of liberty may be occurring in a number of health and care settings.

In addition to the practical guidance, there are also a number of useful quick reference guides relating to the application of the safeguards in various different settings, including hospitals and care homes.  

A podcast has also been produced to accompany the guidance. Alex Ruck-Keene, an experienced barrister specialising in mental capacity law, discusses the essential messages flowing from what is a lengthy guidance document.