Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (England), Annual Report 2015-16 - local authority comparator tool

NHS digital have produced local authority level comparator data for DoLS for the first time


The official statistics report published in September 2016 provides the findings from the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) data collection for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.   It includes any application that was active during the reporting year. The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) are a legal framework that exist to ensure that individuals who lack the mental capacity to consent to the arrangements for their care, where such care may (because of restrictions imposed on an individual’s freedom of choice or movement) amount to a “deprivation of liberty”, have the arrangements independently assessed to ensure they are in the best interests of the individual concerned .A key element of the safeguards is that health and care providers must formally apply to their local Council with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSR, council or local authority) and satisfy six different assessment criteria.


An additional document was added to the output in January 2017 to provide a comparator report which contains council level data for a number of different measures.  The report allows users to compare figures for a specific council with other councils within their peer group. This additional report can also be found on NHS Digital’s supplementary information files web page:

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