Do you have a family member in a care home or hospital that is under a law called the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards? If so, would you like to know more about this law and the rights it can offer your relative? This half day course will explain the law (often known as DoLS) and why the hospital or care home are legally required to use DoLS to safeguard the rights of your relative.

Why is DoLS Important?

DoLS ensures that while your relative is staying in a hospital or care home, they have certain free legal rights. These include:

  • Right to independent advocacy
  • Right to an independent review of their stay in the care home or hospital
  • Right to appeal to a court with free legal aid. For example, if they don’t want to stay in the hospital or care home but the care staff think they should not be allowed out.
  • Right to a representative appointed to represent and support their interests while they are under DoLS

This half day course will explain more about what DoLS is; when and why it is used and how it can benefit people who are under it in a hospital or care home. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions from an expert in the field. There will also be the opportunity to meet with other families and share your experiences.

Course Information

Date & Time : 3rd August from 10:00 till 13:00
Venue : Central London EC1  (Nearest underground station – Old Street/Barbican)
Cost : This event is free of charge.

To reserve a place please email your name and contact number to and put ‘DoLS Family Event’ in the subject line

Note: Due to limited places, this course is strictly closed to professional health and social care staff including advocacy groups. If you are a professional, Edge can be booked to provide training to your staff group. Please email for more details.

The course will be delivered by Aasya Mughal

Aasya is a barrister and director of Edge Training & Consultancy Ltd. She previously provided legal representation for individuals and businesses in civil litigation proceedings and also for patients in appeals against their detention under the Mental Health Act. Prior to this, she gained considerable experience as an in-patient advocate working with detained patients on a number of mental health wards and also appeared before the Court of Protection in this role. She is co author of the bestselling guide to DoLS called The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Handbook. She also co-authors a smartphone App, two other books and four wall charts on the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards used by local authorities, hospitals, advocacy groups, universities and lawyers. She has volunteered for the human rights organisation Liberty providing legal information and advice to the public on human rights law and also volunteers to deliver training to families on their rights under the Mental Capacity Act & DoLS.
Aasya has been writing and delivering training on the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act since 2005.

Places are limited so early booking is recommended.  
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email the above address or call 07341 277487