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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Handbook - 2nd edition

This new edition of our best selling book on DoLS is essential for current practice. It provides a practical but detailed explanation of the Safeguards. The 1st edition has been completely updated with the latest case law and guidance. A series of new chapters have been added including one on chemical restraint and remote assessments. Sample pages and charts from the book are available at the bottom of this page.

The DoLS Handbook (second edition) is designed to provide a clear and detailed explanation of DoLS. It is written in an accessible and practical format to be of maximum use to DoLS professionals and other health and social care staff so they can be confident using the Act in daily practice.


Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – detailed chapters on 

  • What is restraint and when does it become a deprivation of liberty?

  • Urgent and standard DoLS authorisations

  • The DoLS assessments

  • The procedure for authorising a deprivation of liberty

  • The role of Best Interests Assessors and Mental Health Assessors

  • Record keeping guidance for Best Interests Assessors and Mental Health Assessors

  • Duties and responsibilities of Supervisory Bodies and Managing Authorities

  • Conditions and recommendations

  • The role of the authorising signatory

  • The role of the Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR)

  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCA)

  • Appeals to the Court of Protection

  • Part 8 Reviews

  • DoLS and the Mental Health Act interface

  • Leave of absence, absconding, conveyance and transfer

  • The most recent and relevant case law that applies to different parts of DoLS

  • Monitoring by health and social care inspectorate bodies

  • Unauthorised deprivation of liberty

  • Completing the DoLS assessments forms


Separate specialist chapters include

  • Chemical restraint and DoLS

  • Consent to care and treatment

  • Ombudsman reports on DoLS

  • Young people and deprivation of liberty

  • Community deprivation of liberty case law and Court of Protection procedure

  • Safeguarding adults and DoLS


Throughout the book there are a series of summary tables, charts and diagrams designed to provide at a glance information and explanations.

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A4, paperback, 238 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9931324-2-1

Authors: Steven Richards & Aasya F Mughal

£22.50 - order from our shop for free P&P

Also available from Amazon

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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) - App
We are delighted to announce the publication of a DoLS App, available now in the App Store (search DoLS App) or Google Play (search DoLS). See the QR codes in the picture to access.

The app contains a general overview of DoLS. Content includes: the key legal criteria such as the 'acid test', time limits, forms, process and rights. It also includes numerous resources to aid learning such as short animated videos, tables and a quiz. Plus links to additional free resources and one click access to the statutory Codes of Practice and our popular DoLS case law summary sheet.

The App is written by the authors of the Amazon bestseller, The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Handbook, Steven Richards and Aasya F Mughal.

Looking for training on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards?
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