People over the age of 16 who lack capacity, and do not have an appropriate family member or friend to represent their views, are legally entitled to an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate in regard to decisions being made about serious medical treatment or change of accommodation.
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
Protect the human rights of people who lack capacity - their lives and movements are continually being controlled by care staff in order to keep them safe. This means that they may be being deprived of their liberty for their own safety. Our Advocates work with them to ensure that their rights under the Mental Capacity Act are upheld and that the deprivation is lawful, proportionate and in their best interest.
Paid Relevant Persons Representative
Visit the person deprived of their liberty on a regular basis
Assist the person to understand their DoLS authorisation and how it affects them.
As far as possible, assist the person to exercise their rights should they wish to do so
Ensure any conditions attached to the authorisation are met and if no facilitate the address of this or refer back to the DoLS team
Call for a review of the authorisation where necessary, challenge the authorisation through local means and where possible or ultimately refer the case to Court of Protection