Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: Towards Liberty Protection Safeguards: Implications of the Law Commission Report & 2018 Government Response
Monday 24 September 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London
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UPDATE: The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill has been introduced to the House of Lords to replace the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
The current DoLS system was criticised by a 2017 Law Commission review for being too complex and bureaucratic:
“Select Committees of both Houses of Parliament have criticised the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and called for the system to be reviewed. In addition, the Supreme Court’s judgment in the case of Cheshire West has led to a 10 fold increase in DoLS applications.” Department of Health April 2018
The government has now developed a new system, known as ‘Liberty Protection Safeguards’, which will become law through the bill.
“This Government is committed to take action to reform mental health, and transform care for people with learning difficulties and / or autism. Taking action to reform the current DoLS regime is an important contribution towards achieving these aims and providing greater protection for some of the most vulnerable people in our society…. We have set out in detail our provisional view of each individual proposal in our response, and we broadly agree with the Liberty Protection Safeguards model.” Final Government Response to the Law Commission's review of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Mental Capacity, March 2018
This conference, developed and produced in association with Alex Ruck Keene Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers & Former Consultant, Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Project, The Law Commission will update delegates on the implications of the Law Commission Report, and 2018 Government response and the practicalities of moving towards Liberty Protection Safeguards in your service. Sessions will cover; strengthening monitoring; ensuring compliance; DoLS at the end of life; implications for current Supervisory Bodies and Assessors; eithical issues; implications for Best Interest Assessment.