Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Training


This online training course explains what needs to be done before a deprivation of liberty can be authorised. It is designed for the use of any person who cares for someone who may lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves.

The course aims to help the user understand the importance of keeping records in relation to DoLS, what deprivation of liberty means and who it affects, and both types of authorisation procedures.

Learning Outcomes

In this course you will learn:

  • What is meant by deprivation of liberty (DoLS), and who is likely to be affected by it.
  • How to accurately keep records relating to DoLS.
  • The two types of authorisation procedure and the distinctions between them.

Course Contents

This course consists of four sections:

Section 1: what is deprivation of liberty?

Deprivation of liberty means that a person who is under constant supervision does not have the freedom to leave, or the capacity to consent to such restrictions. This section further explains this definition, the restrictions it includes, and its effects, as well as who may be affected by it.

Section 2: authorising a deprivation of liberty

Section 2 examines how restrictions that amount to deprivation of liberty are authorised under both standard and urgent conditions. It explains who is responsible and the tasks they must undertake, as well as the review and suspension processes.

Section 3: the safeguards

Section 3 covers the safeguards that protect vulnerable people from being denied their freedom without authorisation. It explains each safeguard and when it can and cannot be used, as well as what to do if you think someone’s liberty has been denied without the correct authorisation.

Section 4: the importance of record keeping

Section 4 explains the forms and procedures for authorising deprivation of liberty within hospitals and care homes under the Mental Capacity Act, including examples of how to complete them. It also details techniques for clear and accurate record-keeping.

About the Course


The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Training course is designed to assist anyone who cares for people who may at any time lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions. It focuses on the safeguards presented under the Mental Capacity Act to ensure a full understanding of the law surrounding the deprivation of liberty, and the safeguards that prevent this being undertaken without full authorisation and documentation.

The course explains first what the deprivation of liberty means and how it may be authorised in both standard and emergency conditions. It then details the responsibilities regarding authorisation and the safeguards that are in place to stop this happening unnecessarily. Finally, it examines the necessary documentation and how this should be handled for the protection of patients and staff alike.

Available in 31 languages, the course takes around 30 minutes to complete.


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