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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Page last updated: 25 September 2019

Some people living in care homes, hospitals and other settings can’t always make their own decisions because they lack the mental capacity to do so. They need extra care and protection to ensure they don’t suffer harm. Caring for people who need extra protection may mean restricting their freedom to the point of depriving them of their liberty, for example, preventing a person from leaving their accommodation to keep them safe or giving medication to keep them calm.