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New for 2018 – Liberty Protection Safeguards

You will already have heard the news about the New proposals for reforming the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

The law commission has released this statement in October 2017:

“The Law Commission recommends that DoLS are repealed as a matter of urgency, and are replaced by a new scheme called the Liberty Protection Safeguards. This intends to streamline the process for assessing whether a deprivation of liberty is necessary, and obtaining the required authorisation. The Liberty Protection Safeguards would also authorise particular arrangements and conditions for a person’s care or treatment, rather than simply authorising a deprivation of liberty… Under the new scheme, when there is a potential deprivation of liberty, the responsible body – the NHS body or local authority – arranges three assessments: a capacity assessment, a medical assessment,
and a ‘necessary and proportionate’ assessment. They must also consult with friends and family of the relevant person. Each case is
verified by an “independent reviewer”, and those where the placement are contrary to the person’s wishes are referred to an Approved Mental Capacity Profession (AMCP).”

of Commons Briefing Paper, 2nd October 2017.
The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) scheme is coming under  increasing scrutiny.

In view of the above, the Willow Centre is proposing to hold a number of events for Providers in 2018  in order to explore the DoLS as they currently stand and examine the practical implications from restrictions to deprivations and capacity assessments through to seeking authorisations. There will also be an opportunity for an update on the proposed Liberty Protection Safeguards.

If you are interested in attending these 1 day events please email us to register your interest at

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