Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

British Medical Association - BMA
British Medical Association (BMA)
Publication date:
14 December 2016


In 2009, an amendment to the Mental Capacity Act (2005) for England and Wales (MCA) came into effect which introduced the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). These are designed to ensure that appropriate safeguards are in place to protect adults deprived of their liberty.  This document provides guidance to medical staff following the 'Cheshire West' judgements by the UK Supreme Court in March 2014.