Here’s the thing with DoLS… Reflections on the LGO’s recommendations to Kent County Council

“I, like many of you, have been following the latest chapter in the DoLS saga with interest. I am referring, of course, to the Local Government Ombudsman’s report regarding Kent County Council’s delays in processing standard authorisations and Kent County Council’s, frankly very honest, response to those Ombudsman’s recommendations.

But, of course, in 2009, the country was operating on the basis of a very different understanding of what amounted to a deprivation of liberty. Nobody thought it applied to the majority of care home residents, or to people who weren’t asking to leave. Thanks to the Supreme Court in Cheshire West, we now all know that isn’t the case.”

A blog worth reading in full as the issues with DoLs authorisations are professionally and legally compromising care home managers and providers (Residential Forum)

Local Authority Lawyer in Adult Social Care source: https://musingsoflocalauthorityasclawyer.com/2021/09/17/heres-the-thing-with-dols-reflections-on-the-lgos-recommendations-to-kent-county-council/

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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