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  • Writer's pictureBen Slater

Navigating DoLS Appeals: Understanding Your Rights and Our Role



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Delving into the intricacies of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) can be an overwhelming task, particularly when it involves DoLS appeals. At Nellie Supports, we are dedicated to providing clarity and support during these critical situations. Our comprehensive approach to person-centred care is designed to shine a light on your rights under DoLS and highlight our supportive role in guiding you through the appeals process with expertise.


What are DoLS? Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) serve as essential legal protections for those unable to consent to their care or treatment, ensuring their liberty is only deprived within a care home or hospital setting for their overall safety and wellbeing. DoLS function to safeguard individuals, reinforcing their rights rather than imposing constraints.


Your Rights Under DoLS:


  • Right to Challenge: You have the authority to question DoLS authorisations if they appear unwarranted or erroneous.

  • Right to Legal Representation: You are entitled to legal counsel during your DoLS appeal.

  • Right to a Regular Review: It is critical to have consistent reassessments of DoLS authorisations.


The Appeals Process:

  • Initial Assessment: An examination of the justifications behind the DoLS authorisation is crucial.

  • Gathering Evidence: Amassing pertinent data to bolster your appeal is a strategic step.

  • Legal Proceedings: Escalating the appeal to a court setting may sometimes be necessary.

Our DoLS Appeals Services at Nellie Supports:

  • In-Depth Social Care Assessments: We delve into your unique needs to understand the entire spectrum.

  • Personalised Care Plans: Devising care plans that are meticulously tailored to address your specific requirements.

  • Mental Capacity Assessments: We ensure your rights and preferences are acknowledged and respected.

  • Comprehensive Document Review: A thorough evaluation of all pertinent documents is performed.

  • Court Compliant Report Creation: We compile the gathered information into a detailed, court-admissible report for the DoLS appeal.


Our Role at Nellie Supports:

  • Providing Guidance: We simplify the process in understandable terms.

  • Advocacy: We guarantee that your perspectives remain at the core of every decision made.

  • Legal Support: We connect you with specialists in DoLS appeals.

  • Emotional Support: We offer unwavering support throughout these stressful times.


At Nellie Supports, we are committed to empowering you with the necessary knowledge and support to ensure your rights are upheld and your voice is heard. Although navigating DoLS appeals may seem daunting, with our expert guidance and assistance, it is a navigable process. Remember, you are not alone in this; we are here to assist at every turn.



Should you or someone you care for require help with a DoLS appeal, don't hesitate to reach out to us. Our team stands ready to provide the support and guidance you need. Together, we will overcome these challenges and protect your rights.

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