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Information for professionals

Introduction

This page is for professionals working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

A brief overview of deprivation of liberty safeguards can be found on the Mental Capacity Act & Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards page; additional information on what to do if you think someone is being deprived of their liberty without an authorisation and applications to the Court of Protection can be found on the Information for service users, family, friends and carers page.

Specific information for Managing Authorities can be found on the Information for care homes and hospitals page; this includes details on how to make deprivation of liberty applications, information about reviews and some case examples.

Further information about the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards can be found at GOV.UK.

Codes of Practice

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice [PDF] and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Code of Practice [PDF] give guidance and information about how the Act works in practice and should always be referred to.

Everyone who acts in a professional capacity for, or in relation to, a person who lacks capacity and/or anyone who is being paid for acts for or in relation to a person who lacks capacity has a legal duty to have regard to the Codes of Practice.

In addition to the codes of practice there is a joint Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Deprivation of Liberty Multi Agency Policy & Procedure [PDF], which provides local guidance for everyone involved in deprivation of liberty across Nottinghamshire and should be used in conjunction with the codes of practice.

Forms

Below are forms to download for use with deprivation of liberty assessments.

Please note any professional with access to Nottinghamshire County Councils Framework-i system must complete the forms via the system.

Forms for Best Interest Assessors

Forms for Mental Health Assessors

Deprivation of liberty contact

For further information or advice about deprivation of liberty safeguards please contact Safeguarding Adults.
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