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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) are in place to make sure that people who have been assessed as lacking, the mental capacity to make decisions about their treatment or care are protected. They apply when it is considered, by the people who provide their treatment or care, that a deprivation of their liberty is in their ‘best interests’. DoLS apply to people who are in a hospital setting or are living in a residential care setting. They do not apply to people who are sectioned under the Mental Health Act—there are different safeguards that apply in these situations. You can find out more about DOLS in the Code of Practice to supplement the main Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice, available to download from www.justice.gov.uk.
Paid Person’s Representatives (PPRs) are in place for people who have no family or other personable, or willing, to represent their interests. Members of staff where treatment or care is provided cannot be a person’s representative. For Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland, PPRs are funded by the local authorities who commission independent organisations to do this. mosaic: shaping disability services (mosaic) is one of these organisations. We work to provide a PPR service to people assessed by Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland local authorities. As well as other local authorities that have people assessed and live in Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland.
What does a PPR do?
When a referral is made to us, we instruct someone (a PPR) within mosaic to carry out this role. The PPR, will regularly visit the person referred, key staff and other people, and see any relevant records.
As well as keeping up contact with the person whose liberty is deprived, the role of the PPR is to “represent and support the person in all matters relating to the deprivation of liberty safeguards” (Code of Practice page 76). This can include requesting a review of the authorisation of DoLS, making a complaint to the relevant organisation on the person’s behalf or applying to the Court of protection.
This is a very important role in making sure that people who are the most vulnerable in our society are protected. It is vital that this role is provided by people who are independent of the people who provide or commission the services the person uses.
What if I am still not sure what this is all about?
It is the responsibility of the organisations providing care and treatment (called Managing Authority) to make sure all their staff understand DoLS. You can find out from your organisation, who is responsible for any training or information sharing about this subject. The DoLS Team for the relevant local authority also provides training and information.