These official statistics provide findings from the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) data collection for the period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020. 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 amount to a "deprivation of liberty", have the arrangements independently assessed to ensure they are in the best interests of the individual concerned. The data is collected from local authorities in England, who are the supervisory bodies for authorising deprivations of liberty of adults in care homes and hospitals.
The aim of this publication is to inform users about aspects of DoLS activity, including the profile of people for whom a DoLS application was received, applications completed and their outcome, and applications not completed. The Adult Social Care Analytical Hub, which is an interactive business intelligence tool published alongside the data tables, presents further insight of the data, including breakdowns by local authority.
This publication provides analysis of all DoLS applications that were active at any stage during the period, and concentrates on six main areas of DoLS activity:
- the demographic profle of people for whom a DoLS application was submitted, analysing data on the applications received for individuals during the period rather than the total number of applications received
- applications received during the year, regardless of the status of the application at the end of the period
- applications completed (i.e. signed off) during the year , regardless of when the application was received
- applications not completed as at year end
- analysis of the length of the application process, including compliance with the 21 day standard outlined in the Code of Practice
- analysis of the duration (proposed and actual) of granted authorisations and the proportion of authorisations that ended early
The publication consists of:
- tables providing data at local authority level
- machine readable open data (csv fles)
- a data quality assessment, including data completeness and integrity measures
- supporting information
- the Adult Social Care Analytical Hub, an interactive business intelligence tool