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The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and people with dementia: the implications for social care regulation

Boyle, Geraldine (2009). The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and people with dementia: the implications for social care regulation. Health and Social Care in the Community, 17(4) pp. 415–422.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2524.2009.00848.x
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Abstract

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 introduced legal safeguards (which came into force in April 2009) aimed at protecting the liberty of people lacking capacity admitted to institutions in England and Wales. This paper discusses the adequacy of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards for protecting the liberty of residents in social care settings and the role of regulation in monitoring their implementation. In particular, the potential impact of planned unitary regulation on the regulator's ability to protect residents’ liberty is critiqued, centring on people with dementia living in care homes. It is suggested that the capacity of the safeguards to adequately protect the liberty of residents with dementia may be limited by under-recognition of the extent to which deprivation of liberty can actually occur in care homes, insufficient resourcing and a lack of critical independence in their proposed implementation. In addition, the planned contraction of regulation – especially a reduction in inspections – will constrain the regulator's ability to ensure that residents’ right to liberty is protected. The author concludes that the new model of regulation adopted by the UK government has prioritised economic efficiency over safeguarding the right to liberty of vulnerable residents in institutions.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 The Author
ISSN: 1365-2524
Keywords: dementia; liberty; mental capacity; regulation; social care
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Nursing
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 40994
Depositing User: Geraldine Boyle
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2014 10:19
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:25
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40994
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