Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – Online Course


Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Training. This online DoLS Training explains what needs to be done before a deprivation of liberty can be authorised. It has been designed to be used by anyone who cares for someone who may lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves.

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Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Online Course

This course will cover the MCA Principles which came into force in 2007 in view of strengthening the protection of vulnerable adults.

In addition, the MCA act 2007 was later followed by the DOLS (Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards) in 2009. This MCA and DOLS Course covers the Mental Capacity Act principles as well as its relationship to Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards Code of Practice and how those working within the care sector can ensure compliance whilst carrying out their daily job role.

The MCA (Mental Capacity Act principles) together with DOLS (Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards) is to increase the theoretical knowledge of healthcare professionals on the up to date legal framework, code of practice as well as the human rights associated, that covers the patients capacity to make decisions, protection of their cognitive decision making process, and understanding the principles of proper care towards these vulnerable patients.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom applies to England and Wales. Hence, it’s primary purpose is to provide a legal framework for acting and making decisions on behalf of adults who lack the capacity to make particular decisions for themselves.

In summary, candidates will gain an understanding of how to keep the best interests of those that they care for who may or may not be able to consent for, as well as the learning outcomes below:


  • MCA 2007 Principles
  • Definition of Capacity
  • When to Assess
  • Principles of Assessment
  • Carer Liability
  • Recording Your Practice
  • Advance Decision
  • Deprivation of Liberties Code of Practice
  • Deprivation of Liberty Assessment

30 Minutes

Who should take this course?

This MCA course and DOLS course is suitable for anyone who works directly with adults in need who lack the capacity to make particular decisions for themselves, and who are required to act on their behalf. It also applies to people who work with adults in need and who may, in the future, encounter adults who lack the capacity to make their own decisions.

The MCA training and DOLS training places responsibilities on anyone who looks after or cares for someone who lacks capacity to make decisions. This includes roles such as:


  • Care Workers and Care Assistants
  • Healthcare Staff
  • Social Care Staff
  • Family Members and Carers
  • Housing Workers