Deprivation of Liberty is a legal arrangement that allows staff in care homes and hospitals to restrain and restrict the liberty of adults in particular circumstances. However, this must first be authorised by the local authority (called Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) and it must be in the adult’s best interests.

This quick read chapter provides key information about deprivation of liberty safeguards.

Note: A bill is currently progressing through Parliament to improve the DoLS process, although it is not yet known when this will become law.