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  • 2 May 2019
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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) new applications increased by 8% from the previous year across Wales

We have published the 2017-18 monitoring report for DoLS in Wales.

Care Inspectorate Wales and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) have jointly published the report. 

The Safeguards apply to people over the age of 18 who can’t consent to treatment or care in a hospital or care home and where restrictions or restraint may deprive them of their liberty.

The Safeguards provide a legal framework for deprivations to prevent breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights as authorisation must be sought before a person can be deprived of their liberty.


There was an increase in the number of DoLS applications received by Health Boards and Local Authorities with the majority of individuals who are subject to DoLS were female and over the age of 65.  Roughly half of Standard DoLs applications and two thirds of Urgent applications did not receive a decision within the timescale required by statutory timescales; the proportion being assessed has improved since last year.

For all applications, the average length of time between receiving an application form and a decision being made was 83 days.

Read the full report by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.