Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) - other resources

Find out who to contact for help and support with DoLS, as well as about this information.

Useful organisations 

Court of Protection

0300 456 4600 (9am–5pm weekdays)
[email protected]
www.gov.uk/court-of-protection

The Court of Protection makes decisions and appoints deputies to act on behalf of people who are unable to make decisions about their personal health, finance or welfare.

Office of the Public Guardian

0300 456 0300 (customer services, 9am–5pm weekdays)
[email protected]
www.gov.uk/opg

The OPG supports and promotes decision-making for those who lack capacity or would like to plan for their future, within the framework of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The OPG provides a range of useful information online on the gov.uk website, including the Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice.

Department of Health

[email protected]
www.dh.gov.uk

The government department responsible for health, social care, and the National Health Service (NHS). Information about all aspects of the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards can be found on the website.

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

020 7766 7400
www.scie.org.uk

SCIE’s purpose is to improve health and social care services by sharing knowledge and good practice. Their website contains lots of information about DoLS.

Review information

Last reviewed: March 2016
Next review due: March 2019

Our information is based on evidence and need, and is regularly updated using quality-controlled processes. It is reviewed by experts in health and social care and people affected by dementia.

Reviewed by: Professor Phil Fennell, Cardiff Law School and Irene Chenery, Partner, Chenery Maher Solicitors, member of Solicitors for the Elderly

To give feedback on this information, or for a list of sources, email [email protected]

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