NB - Applications should be sent to the local authority where the person is ordinarily resident.

In the case of a care home this will usually be the local authority who is funding the care. In the case of a hospital this will usually be based on the persons ordinary residence when they were at home.

Sometimes this can be difficult to work out if the person is funding their own care but the best course of action would be to contact the local DoLS team to discuss it.

ADASS provides the following guidance to Councils in their role as the supervisory body for the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. A revised full set of the DoLS forms are now finalised on Gov.UK. These forms should be returned to your Local Authority. Contact your LA for more information. 

The DoLS project group have been working on new DoLS forms, reducing the forms from 32 to 13. Some elements of the forms are dictated by regulations and can’t change. Others seem particularly unnecessary. There are some situations still not really covered by a form and these will be addressed in the guidance which will accompany the forms.

The team have added some forms which didn’t previously exist, a “No Deprivation” form in particular. During the consultation, some people asked why this was necessary. There is a new form for a further request for authorisation which is very popular with Managing Authorities. There is also a new form to notify the Coroner of a death.

The forms have had numerous revisions and received a lot of helpful comments from consultation most of which has been incorporated. Some of the comments related more to practice and as such will appear in the guidance to follow.

We are confident that this revision of the forms will play a small part in speeding up the processing of DoLS authorisations without losing the necessary quality. 


Lorraine Currie, Project Lead for ADASS