BIHR has led a joint submission to an inquiry on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). 14 organisations joined voices to raise concerns about the current DoLS system, in particular that it is not achieving it's aim of ensuring people are only deprived of their liberty in a way that is respectful of their human rights:

The aim of DoLS is to protect human rights by ensuring that no one is arbitrarily deprived of their liberty in the context of health and social care arrangements. What is clear from...mounting evidence from both public authorities and civil society organisations, is that DoLS are simply not fit for purpose. The practical application of DoLS is showing that they are not achieving the aim of ensuring people are only deprived of their liberty in a way that is respectful of their human rights.

The signatories include organisations working with older people, disabled people, children, people with mental health issues and on end of life care, showing the broad spectrum of people affected by the DoLS system. For a copy of the joint submission and full list of signatories click here

The inquiry, 'The Right to Freedom and Safety: Reform of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards', is run by the Joint Committee on Human Rights. In addition to leading the joint submission to the inquiry, BIHR also submitted our own response, going into more detail on the impact of the current system on people with mental capacity issues. We drew on our practice-based work with mental capacity services and with advocacy and support groups on using human rights to ensure people are treated with dignity and respect. For a copy of BIHR's response click here.