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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Best Interests Assessors Legal Update Course


This course aims to provide an essential update on case law in relation to the role of the BIA. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Consider the latest DoLS news, research and guidance
  • Examine the differences between a restriction on liberty and deprivation of liberty considering lessons from case law
  • Discuss the latest relevant case law and reflect on how this affects practice 

Programme (this will be updated to reflect the latest case law and guidance at the time of delivery) : 

  • Dept of Health letter and Government action plan
  • ADASS, Law Commission and SCIE guidance and information
  • Stankov v Bulgaria – European case on admission to a care home
  • Deprivation of Liberty – European level and Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court ruling – ‘continuous supervision and control & not free to leave’
  • Law society guidance
  • Case law – ICUs and DoLS
  • Positive duty on local authorities
  • AJ v a local authority – the representative
  • Best interests summary
  • Community deprivation of liberty orders – latest update
  • Best interests and stated wishes/belief/values
  • Funding – less restrictive – Best interests – the latest case law
  • P v Surrey CC and CCG – duration, authorising signatory and less restrictive
  • Medication as a type of restraint – NHS England guidance
  • PJ v A local authority – Community Treatment Orders and DoLS
  • Residential schools and children’s homes – further case law


The course will be delivered by Steven Richards  

Steven is a Mental Health Act Reviewer with the Care Quality Commission and a specialist advisor in relation to the Mental Capacity Act. He is a Director of Edge training and consultancy and has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years, both for the NHS and voluntary sector. He has been an in-patient advocate for Mind and as an advocate represented directly before the Court of Protection. Steven has trained health and social care professionals on the Mental Capacity Act since its inception and regularly delivers legal update training to DoLS assessors (BIAs and Mental Health Assessors) and authorising signatories.

Steven is co-author of three books, Working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 - 2nd edition, Working with the Mental Health Act – 3rd edition and The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Handbook – 1st edition. He also co-authors a number of wallcharts on the Acts which are used nationally and a mobile App on the Mental Capacity Act


For more information please contact or 07341 277487


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Central London EC1
Five-minute walk from both Barbican and Old Street tube stations, and easily accessible from King’s Cross, Euston and Liverpool Street mainline stations

Friday, 21 April 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)

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Edge Training & Consultancy Limited 80-83 Long Lane London EC1A 9ET (Please note this is NOT the Event venue address. Venue details will be sent to you direct from Edge after booking)


Edge provides specialist consultancy and training on the operation of the Mental Health Act (MHA) and the Mental Capacity Act (MCA).  Several of our directors and trainers are leading authors in the field.  We use highly experienced trainers, all with direct work experience in relation to people with mental health problems and/or limited mental capacity, to deliver training. We are commissioned by Local Authorities, NHS Trusts, CCGs and private providers.  We train a wide range of staff groups including psychiatrists, AMHPs, BIAs, social workers and nurses. We concentrate on making the law accessible to these staff groups so that it can be applied in practice. All of our training is practical and involves case studies tailored to the needs of each group.

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