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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 4 sections

  1. 1 What is Deprivation of Liberty?
  2. 2 Authorising a Deprivation of Liberty
  3. 3 The Safeguards
  4. 4 The Importance of Record Keeping
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Image of carer looking after patient as part of our deprivation of liberty safeguards training

In this section, we look at what deprivation of liberty means and who could be affected by it. We look at restrictions and restraint and the importance of recognising that if you're applying a number of restrictions and restraints together or for long periods this could add up to depriving them of their liberty.

Image showing a few of the stages involved in authorising a deprivation of liberty

This section covers the standard authorisation procedure AND the urgent authorisation procedure. It looks at the six assessments that must be done and who is responsible for doing what. It also covers the formal process of review and how to suspend a standard authorisation.

In section 3 we look at the safeguards as part of deprivation of liberty training

The deprivation of liberty safeguards exist to protect a person's human right to be free. The safeguards ensure that the person has some form of backup. In this section, we look at these safeguards and we look at when they can't be used and we look at what you should do if you think someone is being deprived of their liberty, but it's not been authorised.

Image showing carer keeping records of her patients

The Mental Capacity Act has procedures for authorising a deprivation of liberty in hospitals and care homes and there are a number of forms that can help make sure correct procedures are followed. In this section, we look at the forms, the procedure, and the importance of record keeping.

About this course

Depriving someone of their liberty is a major step to take, and this training guides you through the correct process.

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were introduced to help protect a person's rights, as well as protecting them from harm and ensuring any necessary action is taken in a safe, correct, and sensitive way.

2015 - 2016 saw the most DoLS applications ever received by councils up and down the UK since the DoLS were introduced in 2009. 195,840 applications were reported by councils, which means that for every 100,000 adults in the UK, 454 DoLS applications were reported

This training explains what these safeguards are and the six assessments which must be done before a deprivation of liberty can be authorised. It looks at the differences between restraint, restriction, and deprivation and explains why it's so important to have policies in place, follow procedures and keep records. It tells you which forms are required at each point and includes a step-by-step guide to the urgent authorisation procedure.

Caring for someone who you think may lack the capacity to make decisions for themselves? You may also find our assessing mental capacity training and our safeguarding vulnerable adults training helpful.

Keith Wickham, a presenter of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Training

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Keith Wickham

The importance of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Training (DoLS) course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

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173 real user reviews

4.3 out of 5
Good presentation with pictures

The course is easy to follow with proper presentation. the video are short and precise.

Very good easy to understand

This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

Enjoyed this training

I found this quite difficult to relate to my current role.

Interesting Topic But Lots Of Informatio

Perhaps it's because I don't come across this in my actual job, but I found some of this information complex and hard to remember - but it's nonetheless useful and interesting

Well set up not to long and easy to unde

This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

It is a do able course

The course is important, to much time spent on the number of each form which is used, particularly as some organisations use there own and not even in the test.


This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

Goo much detailed information

The course said it was 34 minutes but it has taken me 3 evenings after work...there is so much detailed information. I found myself having to write reams and reams whilst doing the training and trying to follow it. I cannot understand why a carer/support worker must learn this amount of detailed information UNLESS their role means they are tasked with undertaking DoLS ....nobody can be expected to remember all this.

Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are an amendment to the Mental Capacity Act 2005. They apply in England and Wales only. The MCA DOLS were introduced to prevent deprivations of liberty without proper safeguards including independent consideration and authorisation. Deprivations of liberty in hospitals or care homes - other than under the Mental Health Act - should now follow the MCA DOLS process and all affected patients and residents should benefit from the new safeguards.

[This] legislation includes a statutory requirement for all care homes and hospitals as well as local authorities to keep clear and comprehensive records for every person deprived of their liberty. This includes records of applications for authorisations, details of the assessment process, information about the relevant person's representative and the documentation related to termination of authorisation.

The Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA DOLS)

There are six assessments which have to take place before a standard authorisation can be given to deprive somebody of their liberty. 

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