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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

Provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 amended by the Mental Health Act 2007 which permit a person who lacks mental capacity to be deprived of his or her liberty in a hospital or care home where this is in the person’s best interests and has been authorised by the relevant Local Authority following a series of assessments or where an urgent authorisation has been issued to enable assessments to take place. (This scheme will be replaced in October 2020 by the new Liberty Protection Safeguards)

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