Deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS)

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.

Find out more on the Your Support, Your Choice website.