Mental Capacity Act / Liberty Protection Safeguards

The Mental Capacity Act (2005) is a framework which empowers and protects people who might not be able to make decisions for themselves. It also supports individuals to plan ahead in the event that they are not able to make future decisions independently.

The Act places a responsibility on anyone involved in the care and treatment of individuals 16+ to ensure that decisions are made in accordance with the 5 key principles of the Act.

Deprivations of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) are a set of checks which aim to make sure that people in care homes and hospitals are protected if their arrangements deprive them of their liberty.

The Trust’s Mental Capacity Act/Liberty Protection Safeguards team promotes best practice in relation to the Act and supports teams to understand their responsibilities within it. The team provides practical advice and training to help staff support individuals within the framework of the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

Last updated: March 26, 2021