Deprivation of Liberty

When will the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards be used?

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are the way to give you the protection you need when you are being cared for or treated in ways that deprive you of your liberty.

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are for:

  • People living in England or Wales,
  • People who are 18 years old or older.
  • People who have a mental disorder such as dementia or a learning disability.
  • People who live in a care home or are staying in hospital, who are lacking capacity to agree to be there. (The people need to be there to get the treatment or care that will protect them from harm in their best interests.)
ID: 1800, revised 11/08/2022