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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) official statistics

NHS Digital has published key findings from the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) data collection for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

During April 2018 to 31 March 2019 there were:

  • 240,455 applications for DoLS received during 2018-19, relating to 200,225 people (the number of applications has increased by an average of 15.0% each year since 2014-15)
  • 216,005 completed applications. The number of completed applications has also increased each year, by an average of 36.3% each year since 2014-15
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A Deprivation of Liberty (DoL) refers to a restriction of an individual’s freedom such as physical restraint or constant supervision. The DoLS are a set of legal requirements which ensure that individuals are only deprived of their liberty in a necessary and proportionate way and provide protection for individuals once a DoL has been authorised.