Deprivation of liberty safeguards: Supreme Court judgments

Guidance on deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) as a result of the Supreme Court judgments.


The Department has updated its guidance as a result of Supreme Court judgments which have significant implications for the use of deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS).

This also includes examples of actions taken by local partners in responding to increased numbers of DoLS applications.

The contents of this note are specifically addressed to all those who are:

  • involved in the assessment and/or authorisation of a deprivation of liberty
  • involved in the care of individuals who may lack capacity
  • responsible for policies and procedures relating to the care of individuals who may lack capacity