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Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA), including Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and Paid Relevant Persons Representative


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

Who to contact

Contact Name
0300 4562370

Where to go

PO BOX 14043
B6 9BL

This office is our main office and Hub for the West Midlands


Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm - For referrals Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm for Client Support

Other Details



Referral required
Referral Details

Referrals are made through the Local Authority

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