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Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards England, 2017-18 [PAS]

Official statistics
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Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs), Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations, Government Office Regions, Local Authorities, Ambulance Trusts, Primary Care Trusts, Regions
Date Range:
01 Apr 2017 to 31 Mar 2018


This official statistics report provides the findings from the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) data collection for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. DoLS are a legal framework that exist to ensure that individuals who lack the mental capacity to consent to the arrangements for their care, where such care may amount to a "deprivation of liberty", have the arrangements independently assessed to ensure they are in the best interests of the individual concerned.

The report looks at aspects of DoLS activity, including the profile of people for whom a DoLS application was received, applications completed and their outcome, and applications not completed. The data tables and interactive business intelligence tool published alongside the report present further analyses and breakdowns of the data, including breakdowns by local authority.

Key Facts

There were 227,400 applications for DoLS received during 2017-18, with almost three quarters relating to people aged 75 and over. This represents an increase of 4.7% on 2016-17 although the rate of increase is slowing compared to previous years.

There were more DoLS applications received than were completed (181,785) in 2017-18. The number of DoLS applications that were completed increased by 19.6% from 151,970 in 2016-17. The proportion of these that were granted was 61.1% in 2017-18.

The reported number of cases that were not completed as at year end was 125,630. Of these just under 40% (48,555) were received prior to 1 April 2017.

Analysis of the 2017-18 local authority data again shows a wide range of variation across the country in the volumes of DoLS applications, their outcomes and how they were administered.


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