Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Producer: Embrace Learning

Duration: 3 hours.
This product is an online product and is a single-user, 1-year licence.
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Removing an individual's liberty is a serious matter. As a practitioner in health and social care, you need to know what constitutes deprivation of liberty, what to do and who is responsible for making decisions.

This online training course on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards is designed for people working in the field of mental health for an NHS trust or a care provider in either the public or private sector (although it is an excellent learning experience for anyone with an interest in mental health). Its purpose is to inform service users and professionals about safeguards which need to be adhered to by those working in the health and social care sector.

The recommended settings to run this course are:

- Minimum Internet Explorer 6/Netscape Navigator 7
- Flash enabled – Minimum V6
- Popup windows enabled
- Minimum Windows 2000 Operating System
- Authorware may also need to be installed for some courses


Topics include:

- The safeguards and why they were introduced
- Who is covered by the safeguards
- Applying the Code of Practice
- What constitutes lawful and unlawful deprivation of liberty
- Managing Authorities and supervisory bodies
- Processes for Assessment and Authorisation
- The role of the court of protection
- Key points for care homes and hospitals
- What happens when someone is unlawfully deprived of their liberty.


At the end of the course, students will be able to:

- Give reasons why people sometimes need to be deprived of their liberty
- Distinguish between lawful detention and unlawful deprivation of liberty
- Refer to examples of case law
- Follow the correct procedure if they suspect someone is being unlawfully deprived of their liberty
- Describe good practice which can reduce the risk of unlawful deprivation of liberty
- List the assessments required in order to authorise deprivation of liberty
- Describe the process for authorising deprivation of liberty

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