A Screening tool to prioritise the allocation of requests to authorise a deprivation of liberty

Due to the vast increase in demand for assessments under the Deprivation of liberty safeguards the ADASS task force members have shared practice in relation to prioritisation and produced this screening tool.  The aim of the tool is to assist Councils to respond in a timely manner to those requests which have the highest priority. The tool sets out the criteria most commonly applied which indicates that an urgent response may be needed so as to safeguard the individuals concerned. The use of this tool must be balanced against the legal criteria for the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards which remains unchanged. The criteria should be used as an indicative guide only as it will generally be based on information provided by the Managing Authority in the application and each case must be judged on its own facts.