Deprivation of liberty: a practical guide
The Law Society has issued comprehensive guidance on the law relating to the deprivation of liberty safeguards.
The safeguards aim to ensure that those who lack capacity and are residing in care home, hospital and supported living environments are not subject to overly restrictive measures in their day-to-day lives.
The guidance was commissioned by the Department of Health and aims to help solicitors and frontline health and social care professionals identify when a deprivation of liberty may be occurring in a number of health and care settings.
It uses case scenarios to explain the law following the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of Cheshire West (2014).
The complete guidance is available below. You can also download individual chapters relating to specific care settings.
Quick reference sheets also highlight relevant liberty restricting factors and key questions for practitioners relating to each individual setting.
Quick reference guides