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Law Society practical guide on the law relating to deprivation of liberty

The Law Society has published a practical guide on the law relating to deprivation of liberty, commissioned by the Department of Health for both lawyers and health and social care professionals.

The comprehensive guidance covers a range of care settings including hospitals, psychiatric settings, care homes, supported living, at home and guidance for dealing with under 18’s.

The guidance is provided in order to help identify when a deprivation of liberty may be occurring.

It provides a useful summary of the recent developments in this area and includes quick reference sheets to highlight the circumstances that may amount to a restriction of liberty and sets out the factors practitioners need to consider in each individual setting.

A helpful podcast is also available on the website summarising the guidance now given.

Please click here to view the guidance.

If you have any questions about the guidance, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Please note that this briefing is designed to be informative, not advisory and represents our understanding of English law and practice as at the date indicated. We would always recommend that you should seek specific guidance on any particular legal issue.

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