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An investigation into the use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards with people with intellectual disabilities

Blamires, K., Forrester-Jones, Rachel, Murphy, Glynis H. (2016) An investigation into the use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards with people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 30 (4). pp. 714-726. ISSN 1360-2322. (doi:10.1111/jar.12266) (KAR id:48737)


Background: This small, qualitative study sought to develop a richer understanding of the way in which the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS) were being used for people with intellectual disabilities. It is important to note that this study was completed prior to the changes resulting from the P v Cheshire West and Chester Council judgement. Method: Six DOLS cases were identified and two people involved in each case were interviewed (care home managers, key workers, social workers, specialist nurses or psychologists), using semi-structured interviews. The data were analysed using grounded theory techniques. Results: The interviewees described DOLS as providing a framework leading to positive outcomes for the people they supported, in some cases avoiding inpatient stays. However, they had a number of concerns including lack of knowledge and training, potential under use of DOLS and disappointment with case law. Conclusion: Overall, these findings are encouraging in regard to the specific individuals for whom DOLS applications were made; however, they also highlight the need for a stronger agenda regarding wider dissemination of information, and training about DOLS, as well as some reform.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jar.12266
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Rachel Forrester-Jones
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2015 13:34 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 00:28 UTC
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