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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

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On average this
course contributes
1-2 hours
towards your CPD
This course has been updated in line with the Care Act 2014

This module is aimed at everyone working in health and social care that makes decisions for people who may lack capacity and who require a knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and, specifically, the issue of deprivation of liberty safeguards (often shortened to DOLS).

It provides an introduction to DOLS, why they are used, and the process to follow in order to ensure best practice. On completion of this course, learners will be better equipped to assess whether there is a potential Deprivation of Liberty and, if so, whether it is in the person's best interests.

The content is suitable for qualified and unqualified staff across health and social care disciplines e.g. care assistants, ward staff, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social workers.

On completion of this course learners will:

  • Understand key principles of legislation which affects people who may be subject to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and the Mental Health Act
  • Be able to outline the key elements of the DOLS safeguards
  • Be aware of the process for challenging decisions made in relation to DOLS

Course Details

Lesson Plan

Areas covered include:

  • Welcome and Learning Objectives
  • Introduction: DOLS and the Mental Capacity Act
  • The Deprivation of Liberty assessment process

Target Audience

This module is aimed at those working within health and social care including professional care and support workers and practitioners.


With approximately 76 interactive screens, it is estimated that this module will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete (depending on learning speed). As an e-learning module you can complete this training in convenient stages. The system will record your progress throughout.


On completion of this course you will be able to print a Virtual College certificate.

CPD Accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

What our customers have said

a complex subject was clearly explained
20/02/2017 KM
I liked the case studies, it makes it easier to relate to actual people/patients
20/01/2017 AE
The examples of DOLS in case studies was very useful and illustrated real life issues.
29/01/2016 LF
Very relevant to nursing and understand the processes of Dols
27/10/2015 HS
I liked the small challenges through the modules to remind me of the most important points.
18/10/2015 MB
Yes you can watch it as many times as you need to and look for specific points
04/10/2015 SR
It was very helpful and easy to understand
21/019/2015 CD
The module was clear and gave relevant information in manageable portions
07/09/2015 KP
That you did not have to complete the whole training session in one go, you could do a little each day when you had time
JS 24/08/2015
Easy to read, appreciated the content, including lot of pictures which made the whole topic easier to understand
LV 04/08/2015
The flow charts and images used when showing the structure of a DOLs assessment made it easier to digest the information
RH 29/06/2015
The course information on the deprivation of liberty safeguard was very informative and well set out and it has been very helpful being able to access these courses at home
KF 15/06/2015
I liked that it was broken down simpler for me as I suffer with a learning disability
CQ 10/04/2015
it was very easy to understand, and made something that was quite complex, simple
JR 12/02/2015
I can work at my own speed to do as much or as little as I can within my working day. Can pause/stop and go over any points I am unclear of
TF 07/01/2015
Easy to use, understandable. The type of training could be extremely technical and formal, made in a very interesting way. scenarios were excellent
AM 05/11/2014div>
I found it extremely informative with lots of relevant detail explained in simple terms to help understand the DOl process
DB 11/07/2014

Cost and Discounts

£30 + VAT - This cost is for a single user.

Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact, or telephone UKVC Sales on 885089.

How it Works

The information below is specific to this particular course. If you would like a more general guide to how our purchasing and learning works please visit the Four Easy Steps page which should tell you all you need to know.

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This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material, and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consist of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


This course is delivered fully online allowing you to learn at your own pace, however an average duration would be 1-2 hours.

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