Law Commission consultation on the reform of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
A selection of resources providing a useful introduction to, and discussion of, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and the consultation on changing the law.
The Law Commission’s consultation on proposals for the reform of the current framework for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) is open until 2 November 2015. The DoLS consultation takes place in the context of recent widening of the definition of ‘deprivation of liberty’ leading to a ten-fold increase in cases being subject to the law, whilst at the same time a House of Lords committee described the DoLS as 'not fit for purpose'. Specifically, The Law Commission’s consultation is looking at how deprivations of liberty, for people who lack capacity to consent to care and treatment, are regulated by law and how this law can be improved.
St Luke’s Hospice Sheffield and The Law Commission recently ran two one-day conferences with us on the consultation. The conferences looked specifically at the Mental Capacity Act and DoLS in the context of palliative and end of life care.
The speakers at the conference provided a great mix of analysis of the current legislation, challenging perspectives on developing new legislation, and practical solutions. For anyone interested in DoLS or thinking of responding to the consultation these presentations make compelling viewing.
Conference videos and presentations
The Hospice UK response to the consultation is being lead by Kathleen Caper, Head of Policy and Advocacy