What are the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)?
The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards focus on people in hospitals or care homes, who for their own safety and in their own best interests, need to receive care and treatment that may have the effect of depriving them of their liberty, but who lack the capacity to consent to these arrangements.
The deprivation of a person's liberty is a serious matter and should not happen unless it is absolutely necessary. These safeguards have been created to ensure that any decision to deprive someone of their liberty is made following defined processes and in consultation with specific authorities.
How to make a DoLS Application
The DoLS forms were updated in April 2015 and have been reduced from 33 to 13.
See a full list of DOLS forms.
To support the completion of forms please read this Guidance to the DoLS forms. Managing authorities (care homes and hospitals) should consult this guidance, which will assist them when making a DoLS referral.
Where managing authorities believe that the requirements for a DoLS application are met, they should accurately complete the DoLS Form 1 (Standard Request and Urgent Authorisation).
- The completed form should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org For alternative ways to submit the form please contact Customer First on 0345 606 6167.
On receipt of the DoLS forms, Customer First will acknowledge their receipt and the process will then commence, from which the Best Interests Assessor and Section 12 doctor will be commissioned and will contact the care home or hospital promptly to arrange undertaking their assessments.
For full guidance on the DoLS, managing authorities should refer to the DoLS Code of Practice (PDF, 474KB).
We have brought together some examples of best practice (PDF, 324KB) to demonstrate how DOLS can have an impact on the customer they were designed to protect.
Guidance on the DoLS
Browse the tabs below for guidance on how the DoLS work.