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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards - An Introduction

  • Level(s) of Study: Practitioner / Short course
  • Start Date(s): 27 October 2023 / 17 November 2023
  • Duration: 3 hours pre-session activity (online); one day in person (6 hours); 3 hours post-session activity (online)
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards represents the legislative framework and administrative process that provides authorisation for adults that lack capacity to be deprived of their liberty when being accommodated for either their care or treatment.

This course alongside three others allows you the opportunity to develop the underpinning skills, knowledge and values to prepare for the Best Interest Assessor (BIA) role. They are also aimed at enabling you to develop an ethical understanding of what it is to promote and safeguard the well-being of adults who lack mental capacity.

On completion of this course and the three others that make up the suite, you will be in a strong position to train as a BIA on the course offered by the University and your prior learning will be recognised.

The other courses in this suite

  • Learn through a blended format of online and in-person teaching. You'll be on campus for one day, with time required for pre-session and post-session activity.
  • Take your learning into practice as you understand the history of Deprivation of Liberty, identify the practical implications of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019, and understand the preauthorisation process and home care arrangements.

What you’ll study

During the course you’ll:

  • understand the history of Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (DoLs)
  • understand the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 and its practical implications
  • understand the complexities associated with implementing DoLs.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course, you’ll have an understanding and knowledge of mental capacity legislation, and how they are linked to DoLs.

You'll also be able to understand the common mistakes associated with implementing DoLs and how to avoid them.

Where you'll learn

This course is delivered through a blended learning format.

You'll have 6 hours of in-person teaching taught on your chosen course start date. You'll also have 6 hours of independent study focusing on pre-session activity (3 hours) and post-session activity (3 hours), consisting of reading and reflective exercises.

Staff Profiles

Dr Jennifer Simpson

Senior Lecturer

Social Work, Care and Community

Dr Jennifer Simpson is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Care and Community and Course Leader for MA Advanced Social Work Practice. Her research interests include: Social Work and social

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Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £90 + VAT.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £90 + VAT.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

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