Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Training

Also known as Mental Capacity Act Training

Duration 1-2 hours

Last audited 5th June 2023

CPD Approved Skills for Care Approved
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
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£30 +VAT

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Includes a 10% discount for 10+ courses

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were introduced to help people who lack capacity to maintain their independence, dignity and right to freedom. As someone who works with adults in need, it’s important that you have an awareness of what is covered by the Safeguards and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 so that you can take appropriate action and protect the welfare and freedom of choice of the adults that you care for. This course will explain how the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards apply to your setting and outlines what your responsibilities are.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) implementation date has been delayed. Until a new implementation date for the LPS is announced Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) remains relevant.

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Same day digital certificate

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Full audio voiceover

Unlimited assessment attempts

Developed by a qualified safeguarding professional

Accredited by CPD

Skills for Care endorsed training provider

What you'll learn

By the end of this course learners will:

  • Understand what the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are and how they can be applied to care homes and settings.
  • Know what constitutes deprivation, restriction and restraint.
  • Understand essential responsibilities under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, including the five statutory principles.
  • Have an awareness of what's involved in assessing capacity and best interests.
  • Understand the authorisation process for the necessary deprivation of liberty, including the application process, assessments and reviewing the authorisation.

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Module 1: Introduction

The Mental Capacity Act, decisions covered by the Mental Capacity Act, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, who the Safeguards apply to, related legislation, key definitions and the Bournewood case study.

Module 2: What is Deprivation?

Is deprivation the same as abuse? Types of abuse, restraint, restriction vs deprivation and identifying deprivation.

Module 3: The Five Statutory Principles

What are the five principles? Assuming and assessing capacity, helping someone to make a decision, personal beliefs and preferences, best interests, a less restrictive alternative and what if people disagree over best interests?

Module 4: Authorised Deprivation

When is a deprivation of liberty acceptable? Obtaining authorisation, the application process, assessments, receiving authorisation, representatives, reviewing authorisation, challenging the authorisation and protection from liability.

The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

This course is suitable for anyone who works directly with adults in need who lack the capacity to make particular decisions for themselves, and who are required to act on their behalf. It also applies to people who work with adults in need and who may, in the future, encounter adults who lack the capacity to make their own decisions.

The Mental Capacity Act places responsibilities on anyone who looks after or cares for someone who lacks capacity to make decisions. This includes roles such as:

  • Care workers and care assistants.
  • Healthcare staff.
  • Social care staff.
  • Family members and carers.
  • Housing workers.

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Antonia Noble

Barrister and Safeguarding Specialist

Antonia Noble is a criminal barrister with over 29 years of experience. She is also a highly respected safeguarding specialist both in the UK and Internationally.

She has worked in the public sector at the Criminal Cases Review Commission and as a Cabinet Member at a large county council with responsibility for  services including safeguarding, and child protection including multi-agency working at the most senior level.

Antonia has a range of safeguarding and child protection experience including education at all levels. She is currently the Chair of SAND Multi Academies Trust.

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