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  • 12 April 2018
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Ongoing inconsistencies of applications and authorisations for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) across Wales

We have published the 2016-17 monitoring report for DoLS in Wales.

Ourselves and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) have jointly published the report.

The Safeguards apply to people over the age of 18 who can’t consent to treatment or care in a hospital or care home and where restrictions or restraint may deprive them of their liberty.

The Safeguards provide a legal framework for deprivations to prevent breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights as authorisation must be sought before a person can be deprived of their liberty.


The ongoing inconsistencies of applications and authorisations across Wales offer little reassurance that the liberty of vulnerable individuals is being reliably safeguarded across Wales. 

A lack of up-to-date national guidance and an inconsistent response by supervisory bodies may be leading to inappropriate or unnecessary applications by managing authorities, or a failure to identify when an application is required.

Read the full report by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.