This publication provides statistics from the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards data collection for the most recent financial year. 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, and to give those subject to a deprivation of liberty the means to challenge this.
This publication covers DoLS applications made to local authorities by care homes and hospitals. Data were provided by all 152 Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibility (CASSRs) - for ease of reading and consistency ‘local authority’ will be used subsequently to refer to CASSRs. Statistics on challenges to DoLS authorisations are published by the Ministry of Justice.
This publication provides analysis of all DoLS applications that were active at any stage during the period, and concentrates on six main areas of DoLS activity:
- the demographic profile of people for whom a DoLS application was submitted, analysing data on the applications received for individuals during the period rather than the total number of applications received
- applications received during the year, regardless of the status of the application at the end of the period
- applications completed (i.e. signed off) during the year, regardless of when the application was received
- applications not completed as at year end
- analysis of the length of the application process, including compliance with the 21 day standard outlined in the Code of Practice
- analysis of the duration (proposed and actual) of granted authorisations and the proportion of authorisations that ended early
The publication consists of:
- tables providing data at local authority level
- machine readable open data (csv files)
- a data quality assessment, including data completeness and integrity measures
- supporting information
- the Adult Social Care Analytical Hub, an interactive business intelligence tool
In order to prevent the disclosure of individuals, figures 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 are displayed as a "*" (star symbol) in the data tables. All other figures have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 5. Proportions (percentages) are calculated on the unrounded figures.