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[PUBLICATIONS] Legal literacy in adult social care: Strategic Briefing (2016)

Strategic Briefings
Published: February 2016

Legal literacy is a key issue in social work and social care. Recent high profile court cases, especially focusing on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, highlight the importance of a sound knowledge of, and ability to critically reflect on, social care and the law. This bri

[NEWS] House of Commons Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Briefing

October 2017, Research in Practice for Adults

The House of Commons has released a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) briefing document following The Law Commission's recommendation to replace DoLS with a new scheme called the Liberty Protection Safeguards: ‘The Law Commission recommends that DoLS are repealed as a

[OTHER] News and guidance: Law Commission Deprivation of Liberty project delay

On 1 December, the Law Commission sent the following email to stakeholders (shared here with permission): ‘I am writing to inform you that unfortunately the publication of our final report and draft bill will be delayed. We had planned to publish by the end of 2016, but we now

[OTHER] Case 3: Somerset v MK (Deprivation of Liberty: Best Interests Decisions: Conduct of a Local Authority) [2014] EWCOP B25

Link to BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute: http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2014/B25.html Summary: Local Government Lawyer Date: 6 July 2014 Case synopsis A local authority was severely criticised for removing a young woman living with severe learning

[OTHER] Case 6: Essex County Council v RF & Ors (Deprivation of Liberty and damage) [2015] EWCOP 1

Link to BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information institute) http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2015/1.html Summary: 39 Essex Chambers Date: 7 January 2015 Case synopsis A retired civil servant, aged 91, lived quietly with his cat in the home he had formerly shared with h

[OTHER] News and Guidance: New Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Form 3B

Summary: The Department of Health and Social Care has recently published a new DoLS form (Form 3B) which is to be used where a further authorisation is being sought for a deprivation of liberty. The form, as well as all other DoLS forms, can be accessed at the following link: ht

[PUBLICATIONS] Supporting good court craft: Supervisors Briefing (2019)

Supervisors’ Briefing
Published: April 2019

Court craft – the right blend of competencies to support confident assessment, analysis and presentation of information to court – is an important aspect of adult social care. Good, defensible decision-making is at its heart. This briefing aims to support good court c

[OTHER] News and Guidance: Proposed legislation to replace the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS)

Background The Law Commission published its draft Bill to replace DoLS in March 2017. The replacement system, provisionally called Liberty Protection Safeguards, is still focused on the protection of people’s rights, but has been designed to be simpler than DoLS, less bureaucr

[OTHER] News and Guidance: The Government Response to the Law Commissions’ proposals for reform of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

Summary: The Government has recently published its response to the Law Commission’s proposals for the replacement to DoLS. The response is available here. In summary, the Government is in agreement that DoLS should be replaced as a matter of urgency, and in principles, accepts

[BLOG] The right to vote doesn’t depend on mental capacity

April 2015, Research in Practice for Adults

Lucy Series is a research associate at the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University. Her research focuses on disability rights, legal capacity and community care law. Lucy is also a RiPfA Associate and has worked on projects relating to the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the d
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