Standard forms and guidance for mental health assessors establishing whether the person being assessed for the deprivation of liberty lacks the mental capacity to consent to treatment or care.
Some people living in care homes and hospitals may not be able to make their own decisions. They may sometimes lack the capacity to consent to treatment or care they may need.
Deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS) can be applied to people in care homes and hospitals who meet the following criteria:
- aged 18 or over
- have a mental health problem such as dementia or a learning disability
- lack the capacity to consent to where their treatment or care is given
- need to have their liberty taken away in their own best interests to protect them from harm
These forms and guidance are for mental health assessors to use in the assessment of someone for the deprivation of liberty.
The guidance document will help users to decide which forms they need.