Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (‘the Act’) provides a statutory framework for acting and making decisions on behalf of individuals who lack the mental capacity to do so for themselves. It introduced a number of laws to protect these individuals and to make sure that they are given every chance to make decisions for themselves. The Act came into force in October 2007.

The government has added new provisions to the Act: the deprivation of liberty safeguards. The safeguards focus on some of the most vulnerable people in our society.


Make a DoLs application

To make an application for a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard, or to request a review, email forms 1, 2 or 10 to


Adult abuse or neglect

Do not ignore it.

  • call 999 in an emergency
  • Telephone: 0161 217 6029
  • Minicom: 0161 217 6024
  • Out of  hours: 0161 718 2118
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