This is an extremely relevant issue for Local Authority's to be aware of and for Parents and Carers to be alert to.
It is important to ensure that we are acting in the best interests of young people and vulnerable adults.
The ruling from the Supreme Court highlightes the importance of the issue.
When a vulnerable person - usually suffering from a severe learning disability or dementia - in a care home or hospital has limits put on what they can do or where they can go for their own safety, the institution must apply to the local council to authorise the deprivation of liberty. The deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) should ensure that a care home, hospital or supported living arrangement only deprives someone of their liberty in a safe and correct way, and that this is only done when it is in the best interests of the person and there is no other way to look after them. The system, under the Mental Capacity Act, requires that the care arrangements are independently checked.