Deprivation Of Liberty Safeguards : A Best Interest Assessment

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DEPRIVATION OF LIBERTY SAFEGUARDS

A Best Interest Assessment

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 states that “an act done, or decision made, under this Act, for or on behalf of a person who lacks capacity must be done, or made, in his best interests’. The Deprivation of liberty safeguards are a legal framework introduced into the mental capacity act 2005 (MCA) by the mental health act 2007 (MHA). This legislation protects the rights of people in care homes or hospitals, where the care is imputable to the state, who lack capacity or have a mental dysfunction to make decisions regarding their care and treatment (Jones, 2008 p 383). DOLS ensures against arbitrary deprivation of liberty (dol) which was identified in the Bournewood Case ( HL v UK 45508/99 (2004) ECHR 471). The judgement in this case determined that in order to adhere to the ECtHR, lawful detention needed to meet Article 5 (1) that requires a ‘procedure prescribed by law’ and Article 5 (4) which requires a means to apply to a court to see if deprivation of liberty was unlawful (dols code of practice 2008). As such, the DOLs are designed to protect the rights of people who fall within the scope of the act.
The aim of this assignment is to evidence a critical analysis and evaluation of professional development having attended structured learning events on the Deprivation Of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) and the best interest assessment process. To demonstrate the required learning outcomes, I would like to use the case…
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