The deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) and adult safeguarding

Hewitt, David (2012) The deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) and adult safeguarding. The Journal of Adult Protection, 14 (3). pp. 131-141. ISSN 1466-8203

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Purpose – This paper seeks to consider the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and, in particular, the extent to which the functions of supervisory bodies can, or should be, performed as part of wider “safeguarding” responsibilities.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper reports the views of practitioners, given in response to comments made by the Care Quality Commission.

Findings – Some practitioners believe that DoLS and safeguarding functions should be consolidated, and some, that they should remain discrete; most, however, accept that the two functions should work closely together, and also that an understanding of the Mental Capacity Act is important for each; there is a suspicion that DoLS-activity is greatest where the two functions are kept discrete (and, it is assumed, DoLS practitioners therefore have more to prove); there is also concern about financing, particularly within discrete DoLS services, and, furthermore, some suspicion about the whole business of “safeguarding”; the Neary case continues to cast a long shadow.

Originality/value – This is believed to be the first time practitioners' views have been sought or at least published on this question.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Deprivation of liberty safeguards, human rights, liberty, mental health services, safeguarding, United Kingdom
Subjects: L300 Sociology
M100 Law by area
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2012 16:00
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2019 00:38

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