Continuing disparities in terms of applications and authorizations under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards across Wales, the report’s findings

Care Inspectorate Wales (SSD) and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) has announced their annual monitoring report on the joint use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in Wales.

The Safeguards applies to people over 18 who are unable to consent to treatment or hospital care or home care, and where there may be restrictions or restraint means that they have lost their freedom.

The Safeguards provide a legal framework for the prevention of loss of freedom goes against the European Convention of Human Rights because there is authorization obtained before a person can be deprived of liberty.

The House of Lords report published scrutinized MCA 2005. The report concluded that the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards is "fit for purpose" and recommended that they are replaced. In March 2017 the Law Commission published a draft report which recommends the abolition of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and which indicated Safeguards New Freedom.

Expected full response by the UK Government in spring 2018.



The continuing disparities in terms of applications and authorizations across Wales offer little assurance that the freedom of individuals who are vulnerable will be protected in a reliable manner across Wales.

Lack of leadership and inconsistent response by recent national supervisory bodies that would lead to inappropriate or unnecessary requests by regulatory authorities, or failure to indicate when it is necessary to submit an application.

The full report is available on AGC .

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