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Councils deluged by checks for freedom of those at risk

Applications to restrict freedom of people with illnesses such as dementia and autism for their own safety have risen 10-fold since a landmark ruling.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) provide protection for people with reduced mental capacity.

The Supreme Court ruling means every individual is entitled to their own assessment rather than a general one.

But social services directors say it has put major pressure on services as social workers carry out assessments.

Ben Price reports.

  • 03 Nov 2014
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