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

PO Box 70185
First Avenue House
42–49 High Holborn
London WC1A 9JA

T 0300 456 4600 (9am–5pm weekdays)
[email protected]

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

PO Box 16185
Birmingham B2 2WH

T 0300 456 0300 (customer services, 9am–5pm weekdays)
[email protected]

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 website, including the Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice.

Department of Health

Richmond House
79 Whitehall
London SW1A 2NS

[email protected]

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)

Kinnaird House
1 Pall Mall East
London SW1Y 5BP

T 020 7766 7400

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

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

This information has also been reviewed by people affected by dementia.

Further reading