The Overview

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) came into force in 2007 and was designed to strengthen the protection of vulnerable adults. This was followed by The Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards (DOLS) being implemented in 2009 - With personal experiences this care course provides background to the MCA and its relationship to DOLS and how staff working within the care sector can ensure compliance whilst carrying out their job role. The candidates will also gain an understanding of how to keep the best interests of those that they care for or who may or may not be able to consent.

The Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberties Safeguarding course covers:

  • Understand the key principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • Define the term "capacity"
  • When & how to Assess
  • Principles of Assessment required
  • Carer Liability
  • Recording Your Practice
  • Advance Decision making
  • What is the term Deprivation of Liberty?
  • Deprivation of Liberty Assessment

This Deprivation of Liberties Safeguarding course (DOLS) will provide staff with an awareness of their roles and responsibilities with regard to preservation of a person's liberty, at the same time protecting a client's best interests to ensure compliance with legislation. This DOLS course is suitable to those working within the Social Care Sector areas & covers the list below:

  • Key areas of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Defining Deprivation of Liberties (Dol's)
  • Managing and supervising authorities
  • Explaining advocacy
  • How to identify those at Risk
  • Roles & responsibilities of the Care Worker
  • Dealing with challenges & emergencies


Both of these subjects go hand in hand with the course needing a delivery time of 4 hours. The candidates must also demonstrate a willingness to understand along with interaction of the group activities.