When it is determined that a person is mentally incapable of making decisions, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards help keep them safe by allowing others to make decisions for them. However, this is not an automatic process, and an individual can only be determined to be mentally incapable after a series of assessments.

When applying for authorization, care homes and hospitals must always prioritise their patients’ best interests. It is critical to select the least restrictive option for the individual while balancing his or her need for freedom and independence.

  • Who requires Deprivation of Liberty safeguards, and why are they required?
  • Who can apply for authorization and how to get standard or urgent authorization
  • How to always respect the rights of the person in question and protect his or her interests
  • The codes of practise and fundamental principles that must always be followed when applying for Deprivation of Liberty authorization.
  • The various types of assessments that must be completed prior to applying for DoLS authorization
  • Individuals whose opinions should be considered by the assessors

  • You can assist a patient or a family member by providing critical information to assessors prior to authorization being issued.
  • Working in a nursing home or hospital will allow you to identify patients who require Deprivation of Liberty for their own safety.
  • You will be able to keep a patient's best interests in mind while also implementing Deprivation of Liberty recommendations.
  • If you notice a patient being unlawfully or unfairly detained, you will be able to notify the appropriate authorities.

Unit 01: Introduction to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Unit 02: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Codes of Practice

Unit 03: Assessments Procedure for DoLS Authorisation


Who can take the certification courses?

There are no prerequisites to enrol in the courses.

How much time is required to complete a course?

Depending on the instructional modules, each course has a different length. It is indicated in the course details for each course.

What is the course’s organisation?

Modules make up the course structure. The average study time for each module is between 20 and 90 minutes. The amount of time spent on each module is entirely up to the individual pupils.

When and where can the course be taken?

Any internet-connected device can be used to study the course at any time.

Is there a final exam for this course?

There would be an MCQ Multiple Choice Questionnaire test after all the modules were completed. The questions must be answered online at a time and place of your choosing, and they will be drawn from the modules.

What score must you get on the test to pass?

The test’s passing score is 70 percent.

What occurs if a user doesn’t pass the test?

If the user didn’t pass the exam the first time, he/ she will have more chances to retake it after additional study. The exam can be taken more than once.