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  • 1 February 2024
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Deprivation of Liberty notification requirements for children’s care homes

We have developed guidance for providers on the Inherent Jurisdiction Deprivation of Liberty High Court Orders for Children.

We have seen a significant increase in the number of children who are subject to Deprivation of Liberty orders living in care home services in Wales.

In light of this we have developed guidance for providers of care homes for children. We have written directly to these services this week about this.

This guidance outlines the legal framework of these orders, and the responsibilities of service providers under the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 when providing care and support to a child under the age of 18 who has a Deprivation of Liberty order in place.

What services need to do

If a child who is subject to a Deprivation of Liberty order comes to live at a care home service for children, service providers must:

  • update their service’s Statement of Purpose and send this to us via CIW Online;
  • submit the notification “DOL High Court Order for Children” – available under the ‘Well-Being’ notification category on CIW Online; 


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