UK and European laws make it clear that it is very, very important that each person, including you, must be free to live their own life in the way they want to.

In a very few situations, the law allows doctors or social workers to take away some of these freedoms from people in their own best interest. This is called Deprivation of Liberty.

To make sure that doctors and social workers don't abuse this power that the law gives them, they have to follow a set of steps called the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (sometimes called DoLS for short).

Click here to see a youtube video from the Department for Health which explains all about Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

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