Policy paper

Deprivation of liberty standards (DoLS): consultation response

Department of Health response to the Law Commission's consultation on mental capacity and deprivation of liberty standards.



The Department of Health has published its response to the Law Commission’s consultation on how the law should regulate deprivations of liberty (DoLS) for people who lack capacity to consent to their care and treatment arrangements.

The consultation proposes that DoLS should be replaced by a new system called ‘protective care’. It also proposes that there should be a new code of practice.

The Law Commission will publish its final recommendations by the end of 2016.

Published 11 December 2015