Mental capacity and deprivation of liberty

How the Mental Capacity Act can help 

Do you have an illness, injury or disability that may cause you difficulties in making decisions? For example a learning disability, dementia, a mental health problem or a head injury or a stroke. Or do you care for, work with, or know someone who has difficulties in making decisions? Do you want to plan ahead in case you are unable to make important decisions for yourself in the future? The Mental Capacity Act 2005 can help.

A brief leaflet called Making decisions about your health, welfare and finances, and who decides when you can't? is available together with further information for health and social care professionals, carers and those who want to plan ahead.

The Act also provides protection for people who lack the mental capacity to make a decision for themselves about their care or treatment in hospitals or residential and nursing homes. These are called the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS).

Further information booklets for care workers, advice workers, and family and friends are available from the GOV.UK website.

Referrals for Authorisation of Deprivation of Liberty

All enquiries and referrals for people who are the responsibility of Wandsworth Council or Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group in care homes or hospitals should be made to the Wandsworth DOLS office on:

If you wish to make a formal request for a Deprivation of Liberty Authorisation please complete and send the appropriate forms to:

The Administrator  
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Office 
Wandsworth Town Hall, 
Wandsworth High Street, 
SW18 2PU