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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

If you are a family member, friend or unpaid carer of a vulnerable person and would like to know more about the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) legislation, there are many useful sources of information available.

The Department of Health has produced a guide for family, friends and unpaid carers which outlines the parts of the process where named people - a family member, friend or unpaid carer - have the right to be consulted and the right to be informed.

You may also find 'Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and You'Opens new window helpful. It explains who is protected by Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and why, what deprivation of liberty means, and what protection is now given by law to vulnerable people in care homes and hospitals.

Challenging unlawful deprivation of liberty

If you believe that your friend or family member is being deprived of their liberty unlawfully, immediately discuss your concerns with the care home or hospital. Concerns can be raised verbally or in writing with care home or hospital. If preferred, the standard letter to the managing authority in the 'Downloads' section can be used.

If the matter cannot be resolved informally, then please contact the DoLS Service, either by telephoning or in writing, for more information on how to proceed.

For more information, please contact the DoLS service on 01452 426005.

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