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Deprivation of Liberties Safeguarding Appeals

"Expert Social Work Service UK: Navigating DoLS Appeals with Nellie Supports"

At the heart of social work service UK excellence, Nellie Supports emerges as an authoritative guide in DoLS (Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards) and dols appeal processes. Our team of seasoned professionals offers a bespoke service, meticulously designed to defend and prioritise your rights. We perform in-depth capacity evaluations for residency, assiduously incorporating relevant case law, and conduct comprehensive care needs assessments to accurately identify your specific needs.


As we delve into the intricacies of your situation, we produce a personalised care strategy and critically analyse all pertinent documentation, including extant DoLS assessments. Our proficient experts prepare expert witness reports that stand up to the rigors of court expectations, synthesising all gathered data. Nellie Supports is unwavering in our commitment to deliver a service that is both thorough and empathetic, ensuring your rights and well-being remain at the forefront of our efforts.

Deprivation of Liberties Safeguard (DoLS) refers to a legal procedure in the United Kingdom designed to protect individuals who lack mental capacity to make decisions about their care or treatment. It's specifically aimed at preventing arbitrary decisions that deprive such individuals of their liberty. DoLS provides a framework for approving and reviewing arrangements for people who can't consent to their care or treatment, ensuring that any deprivation of their liberty is both necessary and in their best interests. It's part of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and applies to situations in care homes and hospitals.

A tailored approach to deprivation of liberties appeals

Our Deprivation of Liberties Safeguarding Appeals Service now offers a tailored approach, starting with a Mental Capacity Assessment focused on residency decisions. This initial assessment determines if the person has the capacity to make this decision. If they do, we guide them towards solicitor support for discharge from the DoLS. Conversely, if they lack capacity, we refer them to a solicitor specialising in appeals, collaborating with the legal team to advocate for the person's best interests and evaluate if DoLS is the least restrictive option.

This is the first critical step in stage 2 of our service. Our team conducts in-depth assessments to understand the full spectrum of an individual's social care needs. This assessment evaluates physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of the individual's life, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of their overall situation.

Following the care assessment, we create a personalised care plan. This plan is tailored to address the specific needs identified during the assessment. It outlines the type of care and support required, ensuring that these needs are met effectively, there can be multiple care plans created for each option available, for example, one for remaining in a care home and another for returning home with domiciliary care provision.

Next, we complete a Care Act (2014) compliant best interest checklist. This identifies the decision needing to be made and the options available and gains insight from all stakeholders, including the individual, family, and carers. In this, we can evidence not only compliance with current legislation but the reasons one option may be in the individual's best interests over alternative options as well as ensuring all options have been considered.

Document Review

We conduct a comprehensive review of all existing documents and records pertinent to the individual's health, care, and specific circumstances regarding the deprivation of liberties. This process includes examining any current DoLS authorisations and critically analysing them to ensure they have met the stringent legislation required and that no mistakes or errors in the application were made.

Court Compliant Report Creation

Finally, we compile all the gathered information from our assessments, care plan, and comprehensive document review into a detailed, court-compliant report specifically for the DoLS appeal. This report is meticulously prepared to adhere to legal standards, ensuring its effectiveness in the DoLS appeal process. It provides a clear, comprehensive, and evidence-backed overview of the individual's circumstances, emphasizing the need and justification for the appropriate level of care and support, aligning with the principles of the Deprivation of Liberties Safeguard.

Stage 2

This assessment is crucial in ensuring that the individual's rights and preferences are respected, especially in cases where they might lack the capacity to make these decisions themselves. The process involves a detailed analysis of the person's ability to understand, retain, and weigh information relevant to their living arrangements and to communicate their decision, ensuring that any intervention aligns with their best interests. Should an individual have sufficient capacity, then they are able, independently or with help from our trusted legal partners, to dispute the DoLS on the grounds that they have adequate mental capacity. However, if the individual does not have capacity, we can support through the identification of wether the DoLS is in their best interest (Stage 2)

Stage 1

Stage 1 of our service involves conducting a Mental Capacity Assessment specifically for the decision of residency. This assessment carefully considers the guidelines of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and relevant case law to ensure a comprehensive evaluation. If the assessment concludes that the person does have the capacity, we then proceed to facilitate a referral to solicitors. These solicitors specialise in assisting with the discharge from the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), providing expert legal support in this crucial phase.

In Stage 2, if the individual is assessed as lacking capacity, we recommend consulting a solicitor who specialises in Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) appeals. Our role is to support the solicitor by providing all the necessary evidence for the appeal. This includes comprehensive documentation and assessments, ensuring the legal team has a robust foundation for their advocacy efforts. This stage is critical for ensuring the individual's rights and best interests are effectively represented in the appeals process.

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Experience peace of mind with our comprehensive social work services at Nellie Supports. Our team of registered professionals, including qualified and experienced Social Workers, is dedicated to providing exceptional care and support. From mental capacity assessments to a wide range of social work services, our experts ensure accurate evaluations, personalised guidance, and the highest standards of practice. Trust in our registered professionals for a reassuring and trusted partnership on your care journey, backed by their expertise in both social work services and mental capacity assessments.

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