Deprivation of Liberty (Children & Young People)

Course Outline

Significant case law has developed practice in the deprivation of liberty safeguards and their application to children and young people under 18. The law commission has reviewed the legislation relating to mental capacity act 2005 and deprivation of liberty safeguards(DoLs), the recommendation is for a replacement of DoLs with Liberty Protection Safeguards and these be applied to 16/17 years old and extended beyond hospitals and care homes. This will have a significant impact on children’s Social Care and the workforce need to be prepared for the changes in practice.

This course will consider the developments in case law and how DoLs has become relevant to Children’s Services’ practitioners. It analyses the ‘Cheshire West’ Case and associated case law developing the scope of parental responsibility’ and its application for children and young people.

Who is the Course aimed at?

This course is essential for Social Workers and other professionals working with children and young people who are looked after, care leavers, have a physical or learning disability or a mental illness, or who are in transition to adulthood. The course is also relevant to Independent Reviewing Officers, Commissioning Managers/Practitioners.

How long is the course?

One Day (can be run as a half day session for awareness only)

What will you learn?

At the end of the course delegates will be able:

  • To understand the developments in case law for under 18’s living in residential settings and foster placements, who may be deprived of their liberty.
  • To apply caselaw and legislation regarding the ability of both disabled and non-disabled children and young people to consent to their liberties restricting safeguards.
  • To analyse the role of ‘parental responsibility’ in decision making for under 18 year olds and the role of the Local Authority as ‘corporate parent’.
  • To evaluate the case law relating young people under 18 who may be deprived of their liberty to identify potential gaps in policy and procedures and make recommendations for practice.


‘I really enjoyed looking at the deprivation of liberty issues for children and young people. It was excellent, Jo really knows the content so well and was excellent in the delivery to us’ Supervising Social Worker, National Fostering Association.


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