The Mental Capacity Act Deprivation Of Liberty Safeguards (MCA DOLS) provides protection for vulnerable people who are accommodated in hospitals or care homes in circumstances that amount to a deprivation of their liberty and who lack the capacity to consent to the care or treatment they need.
The majority of people who will require this protection are:
- those people with more severe learning disabilities,
- older people with any of the range of dementias
- people with neurological conditions such as brain injuries.