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Course Aims

This course will help you understand recent changes to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and the need to demonstrate that care arrangements are lawful and correctly authorised.

The course will enable staff to continue to follow the original intentions of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and the Human Rights Act: that people with diminished ability to make decisions should participate as fully as possible, be able to make important choices where able and that substituted decision making should be both person-centred and fully accountable.

After this course you will:

  • Have an enhanced awareness of basic MCA concepts.
  • Be aware of how the new threshold for a deprivation of liberty applies in your work setting.
  • Have a greater understanding of ‘best interest’ and proportionate restrictions in care planning.
  • Understand the role of the Court of Protection.
  • Have received practical advice about:
    • Making applications – the use of Urgent and Standard Authorisations.
    • Considering applications to the Court of Protection for DoL outside care homes and hospitals.
    • Producing a DoLs policy in your organisation.
    • Notification of changed circumstances to the ‘Supervisory Body’ and notification of deaths to the Coroner.

Designed for

Managers and staff in organisations running care homes and supported living schemes for people with a learning disability and autistic spectrum disorders, particularly staff responsible for:

  • making support arrangements and producing care plans
  • liaising with involved professionals and commissioners of services
  • producing agency policies

This course is also suitable for advocacy staff and others who a need to know about the changes to the law.