Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 2013/14

Care Quality Commission, 2 February 2015

The CQC have published the findings from their fifth annual report on the use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, which looks at the period 2013/14. 

The findings of the report show:

The number of applications to use the safeguards rose over the year 2013/14, but dramatic rises followed in Q1 and Q2 of 2014/15, following the Supreme Court’s clarification that that a person lacking mental capacity to consent is deprived of their liberty if they are both not free to leave and under continuous supervision and control. Since this clarification, there has been an eight-fold increase in the number of applications.

Regional variation still exists
We continue to see regional variations in application rates.

  • The safeguards are most often used to protect the rights of older people, who may be living with dementia so we expect to see more Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards applications in parts of the country with a relatively older population. However, even adjusting the figures to take account of demographic factors (for example, the relatively young population of London), variations have persisted.
  • The rapid and unprecedented rise in applications since March 2014 is putting extra pressure on local authorities and creating backlogs.
  • At the end of September 2014, there were still 19,429 applications where a decision was still to be made, while at the end of 2013/14 there were just 356 where a decision was still to be made.

Click here for further information and to download the report.

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