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Free Event: The DoLS Handbook Launch & Liberty Protection Safeguards Consultation Event

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Date, Time & Location

Jun 22, 2022, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

via Zoom . Registration from 09:15AM

About the Event

Edge are delighted to announce that two of our directors, Steven Richards & Aasya Mughal are presenting this three hour interactive session. The event will be free to attend but places are limited, so please reserve early. Details of the two parts of the event are below with a full programme. We really look forward to welcoming you all to the event, answering your questions and hearing your views!

PART 1: BOOK LAUNCH: The DoLS Handbook (Second Edition)

It is now unlikely that the Liberty Protection Safeguards will start until 2024 and with this in mind, The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Handbook (2nd edition) has just been published.  The first edition of this book was used by universities on the BIA qualification course and was an Amazon bestseller, with 95 Five star reviews.

Ways to order

Click HERE to order direct from publisher (free P&P)

Click HERE to order though Amazon

This one off event will start with a detailed explanation of the 2nd edition in particular, a walk through key new chapters such as remote assessments, chemical restraint and record keeping tips for Best Interests Assessors and Mental Health Assessors. Those attending will receive a special discount code for the new book.

PART 2: EDGE Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) Consultation Preparation Event

Part 2 of our special event will begin with an overview of the new law (the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019) which creates LPS and we will explain the main changes from DoLS. We will then discuss key parts of the LPS chapters in the new Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice (with a particular focus on the AMCP role).  Of crucial significance will be the funding gaps in the draft Impact Assessment identified by Edge, to assist our clients at an early stage, when responding to the government consultation. There will be a dedicated Q&A session included in this three hour programme.


09:30-10:05    BOOK: The DoLS Handbook (2nd Edition) Book Launch

10:05-10:45     LAW: Liberty Protection Safeguards Overview

10:45-11:00     Break

11:00-11:40      CODE: Key LPS issues in the Draft Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice

11:40-12:00      FUNDING: Draft Impact Assessment- funding gaps and litigation risks

12:00-12:30      Q&A: Questions to the panel and open discussion forum

Speaker Biographies

Aasya F Mughal, Edge Director, Barrister & Author

Aasya is a barrister and director of Edge Training & Consultancy Ltd. Aasya has provided legal representation for individuals and businesses in civil litigation cases and for patients in appeals against their detention under the Mental Health Act. Aasya also 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. Aasya has volunteered for the human rights organisation Liberty providing legal information and advice to the public on human rights law and also volunteers her time to deliver training to families on the Mental Capacity Act through Edge. More recently, she provided guidance to charities and members of the House of Lords on the Liberty Protection Safeguards including the drafting of amendments to the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill (now Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019). Aasya has also been interviewed on the subjects of DoLS and LPS by the professional press including Community Care, the Nursing Times and Pulse. Aasya currently delivers training to a wide range of health and social care staff and has a particular interest in delivering refresher courses for BIAs and Mental Health Assessors under DoLS.

Steven Richards, Edge Director & Author

Steven Richards is a Director of Edge training and consultancy and has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years. He was a Mental Health Act administrator for many years at the Maudsley Hospital advising clinical staff on their use of the legislation in practice. During this time, he was involved in the publication of the hospital’s guide to the Act, called the Maze. Following this, Steven was an in-patient advocate for Mind working across adult acute and dementia assessment wards. As an advocate he successfully challenged the assessment of mental capacity of a client directly before the Court of Protection.

Steven was a Mental Health Act Reviewer with the Care Quality Commission for over 10 years visiting and reviewing the care and treatment of patients detained under the Act. He also worked with the CQC as a specialist advisor on the Mental Capacity Act and DoLS.

Steven delivers training on both the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act across England and Wales to health and social care professionals. He has experience of training a wide variety of services including local authorities, CCGs, NHS Trusts, Welsh Health Boards, the police, hospices and prison health services. Steven delivers professional legal update courses for DoLS BIAs and Mental Health Assessors and AMHPs under the Mental Health Act. He has spoken at a series of Health Education England conferences on the use of the MCA at the end of life care. Steven was invited by members of the House of Lords to deliver training on the draft Liberty Protection Safeguards Bill prior to detailed debate and amendments in the house.

Steven and Aasya co-author three books:

Working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 – 3rd edition (ISBN: 978-0-9552349-5-8) 

Working with the Mental Health Act – 4th edition (ISBN: 978-0-9552349-4-1) 

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Handbook - 2nd edition (ISBN: 978-0-9931324-2-1)

They also write several wall charts on the Acts.


This event is free of charge.

Venue  Online via Zoom. Meeting access details will be emailed direct to delegate upon booking. Please Note: Whilst being delivered online, places are limited.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email  or call 07341 277487.


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