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Further Information

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.