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  • Writer's pictureBen Slater

When Would a Deprivation of liberties safeguarding order Be Contested or Appealed?



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The Deprivation of Liberties Safeguarding (DoLS) framework is a cornerstone of UK law, providing essential protection to those unable to make critical decisions regarding their care. When it comes to upholding the rights of such vulnerable individuals, it's sometimes necessary to consider a DoLS appeal. Recognizing when and how to challenge a DoLS is quintessential for the preservation of individual liberties.


1. Lack of Proper Assessment: A fundamental trigger for contesting a Deprivation of Liberties Safeguarding authorization rests in the assessment's integrity. Should these expert witness reports fail to meet standards, indicating that the liberty restriction isn't justifiable, a legal challenge is warranted. Moreover, these expert assessments are pivotal in confirming that the applied measures are indeed the least restrictive and align with the necessary protocols.


2. Questioning the Best Interests: Central to any DoLS evaluation is the principle of acting in the individual's best interests. Should doubt arise regarding whether the measures in place truly serve the person's welfare, or if alternative, less constraining options exist, then contesting the DoLS is not only viable but necessary. The role of the Best Interests Assessor (BIA) is to ensure such standards are consistently met.


3. Issues with Review and Renewal: Moreover, a DoLS authorisation is not perpetual and requires periodic review. Neglect in this area, or a significant change in the individual's condition that might render the deprivation of liberties irrelevant, is grounds for appeal. The review process is a safeguard against unnecessary or prolonged restriction of freedom.


4. Procedural Errors: Another valid reason for a DoLS appeal lies in procedural oversights, such as exclusion of essential parties or failure to notify kin, which can undermine the legal and ethical foundations of a DoLS. Maintaining procedural integrity is crucial to ensure fairness and transparency in the application of these safeguards.


5. Change in Circumstances: Life's dynamism can bring about changes in circumstances necessitating a reevaluation of the current Deprivation of Liberties. Any significant alteration in the person’s situation could indicate the need for contesting the existing arrangements to ensure they remain appropriate and minimally intrusive.


6. The Right to Appeal Importantly, individuals and their advocates retain the right to a DoLS appeal, a fundamental provision that enables their voices to be heard in significant decisions concerning their freedom. This right is pivotal in safeguarding the personal autonomy and respect of those affected by a DoLS.


In conclusion, navigating a Deprivation of Liberties Safeguarding challenge is more than a legal task; it's an advocacy for individual dignity. At Nellie Supports, our commitment lies in offering comprehensive assistance for those confronting

DoLS complications.


For support or guidance, reach out to us, and we'll ensure that each action taken reflects the paramountcy of the individuals' best interests.

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