Councils deluged by checks for freedom of those at risk
Applications to restrict freedom of people with illnesses such as dementia and autism for their own safety have risen 10-fold since a landmark ruling.
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) provide protection for people with reduced mental capacity.
The Supreme Court ruling means every individual is entitled to their own assessment rather than a general one.
But social services directors say it has put major pressure on services as social workers carry out assessments.
Ben Price reports.
03 Nov 2014
- From the section Wales