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Deprivation of Liberty: Moving Forward

Fri, 13 Dec 2024

Virtual, Online

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The Department of Health and Social Care announced on the 5th April 2023 that the implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards would be delayed until at least the ‘next general election’, and while this has come to pass it is unclear if plans are in place to prepare for its post-election implementation. Even if the newly-formed government is keen to implement LPS, any reform will now be some years away.

With the delay to the Liberty Protection Safeguards it is more important than ever to ensure the existing scheme for deprivation of liberty works, including the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and the role of the Court of Protection and High Court.

It has been widely recognised that there are number of challenges associated with the current system, both in DoLS and in the court, and we have to deal with these challenges with the tools that we have for now. Attention needs to turn to getting deprivation of liberty in the community cases to court more effectively, as well as cases involving children and young people. It is also vital that providers understand the Mental Capacity Act and use it effectively.

“We’ve got to carry on as if the Liberty Protection Safeguards is not going to happen, because it’s not going to happen anytime soon enough to make a difference to what we do and the problems we’ve got. That means that if you’ve paused any training program, if you’ve deferred your review of the MCA policy or the DOL policy, then all of those things need to bubble back up to the top of the list.”

Ben Troke, Healthcare Lawyer, Partner at Weightmans, 17th January 2024

“Tens of thousands of people have no access to the DoLS safeguards in care homes and hospitals because local authorities are unable to discharge their functions in a timely fashion, meaning those people have no support from an RPR or an IMCA; they have no right to non-means-tested legal aid to challenge their detention; and those providing care to them are on thin legal ice balancing whether it is worse unlawfully to detain or to discharge the person to a risk of harm (or worse).”

Alex Ruck-Keene, Barrister in Mental Capacity, 39 Essex Chambers, December 2023

This conference will enable you to:

  • Reflect on the delay to the Liberty Protection Safeguards and implications for practice

  • Understand and improve the existing Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

  • Identify when the DoLS process should be triggered

  • Improve the understanding and application of DoLS

  • Understand the implications for your service

  • Ensure you are up to date with the legal and practical implications

  • Reflect on how you can consider restrictions of people’s liberties as part of their overall care package

  • Learn from case studies in DoLS application

  • Understand Mental Capacity and Best Interest Assessment

  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice

  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Speakers include:

Mr Ben Troke


Mr Alex Ruck-Keene KC (Hon)

39 Essex Street

Ms Julie Carr

Clinical Legislation Manager
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Ms Rachel Griffiths MBE

Mental Capacity and Human Rights Consultant
Rachel Griffiths Consultancy Ltd

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Voluntary sector & charities



Virtual Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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