Social care team that protects human rights of clients is shortlisted for national award
Published: Thursday 11th October 18
A social work team that upholds the rights of people who lack the mental capacity to consent to their social care and treatment arrangements has been shortlisted for a national award.
The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards team (DoLS) for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils ensures that there is a lawful framework to deprive a person of their liberty, in order to provide necessary care and treatment to vulnerable adults in care homes, nursing homes and hospitals.
When a vulnerable person - usually people with a severe learning disability or dementia - has limits put on what they can do or where they can go for their own safety, institutions like care homes must apply to the local council for them to legally authorise this ‘deprivation of liberty’.
The social work team shortlisted for this prestigious award
The DoLs Team work to ensure that the care home only deprives someone of their liberty if it is proportionate and necessary and the least restrictive option available. They ensure that restrictions are only in place when it is in the best interests of the person and there is no other way to look after them.
The team has been shortlisted for the national Social Worker of the Year Awards 2018, recognising their work to uphold human rights laws and for providing an excellent service to both borough's most vulnerable residents.
Cllr Paul Ellis, Wandsworth's cabinet member for adult social care and health said: “Social workers across all aspects of social care deal with some of the most difficult and demanding situations in society today.
"This is especially true of the team that has been nominated for this prestigious award. They act with great compassion, understanding and wisdom to support vulnerable people and their families in very challenging circumstances to ensure not only that they get the best possible care but that it is provided with the utmost dignity and humanity. They are unsung heroes who deserve all the plaudits they get.”
Cllr Piers Allen, Richmond Council's cabinet member for adult social care, said: "Treating people with respect and dignity, no matter their disability or condition, is the touchstone of a civilised society. Our DoLs team ensures that the system works for everyone and ensures that individuals’ fundamental rights are protected while reassuring families their loved ones are getting good care, in a safe setting.
“Protecting the most vulnerable people in our society is one of the biggest priorities for this Council. And it is fitting, that during our week of celebrating 70 years of Adult Social Care, our excellent team has been shortlisted for this prestigious award.”