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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 2011/12

Read the findings from our third annual report on the use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (the safeguards) in care homes and hospitals throughout 2011/12.

The safeguards aim to protect people’s human rights in circumstances where they cannot consent to their care or treatment.

We have been monitoring the use of the safeguards in hospitals and care homes as part of our broader inspection programme since 2009.

About the safeguards

How the safeguards work in practice

Our findings


What we will do next