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DoLS Signatories 23 October 2024

DoLS Signatories 23 October 2024
DoLS Signatories 23 October 2024

Date, Time & Location

Oct 23, 2024, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

via Zoom

About the Event


This course aims to provide guidance on the role of signatories & to update designated signatories in relation to the latest case law around their specific function within the DoLS procedures. The importance of the role is explored, particularly within the context of the increasing number of DoLS appeals going to the Court of Protection across England & Wales. It is designed to provide signatories with the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out the statutory function of an authorising signatory.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the responsibilities of the Supervisory Body in relation to DoLS
  • Explain the statutory basis and functions of a signatory
  • Consider what evidence and information DoLS assessors should present for signatories in the completed      forms
  • Demonstrate critical evaluation of DoLS assessments
  • Explore how recent case law affects the role of the signatory and consider its application in practice


  • How does DoLS fit into the wider Mental Capacity Act 2005?
  • Overview of the DoLS procedure  & assessors
  • Why is scrutiny so important?  case law and guidance
  • The DoLS assessments
  • Assessment of Capacity – legal  requirements and guidance
  • The components of deprivation of liberty
  • The Supreme Court ‘acid’ test
  • Continuous supervision and control and not free to leave – guidance
  • The best interests checklist
  • Less restrictive and ‘available’ options
  • Selection & appointment of RPR – statutory eligibility, regulations & case law
  • Conditions
  • Renewals
  • DoLS appeals – guidance and research on the Court of Protection
  • Towards the future – Liberty Protection Safeguards

The course will be delivered by Piers McNeil

Piers McNeil is an independent social worker with 18 years experience in a range of adult social care fields, including: learning disability, physical disability, and older persons mental health. Piers is also a qualified DoLS Best Interests Assessor & was previously a Court of Protection visitor. He was also previously employed as a local authority MCA/safeguarding lead. Piers has led practice forums for Best Interests Assessors and has designed and delivered training to a range of audiences.

Includes all course materials and a certificate. Course access details will be emailed direct to delegate(s) upon completion of your booking.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email  or call 07341 277487.


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    Tax: +£30.00 VAT



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