Training - Deprivation of Liberty and under 18s - DAC Beachcroft

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Training - Deprivation of Liberty and under 18s

Published On: 4 August 2016

What are the current legal challenges?

The law in relation to deprivation of liberty has developed rapidly since the Supreme Court decision in the Cheshire West case in March 2014. However, much of the focus to date has been on adults, with the explosion of the use of the DoL Safeguards and Court of Protection applications. 

It is only relatively recently that the focus has started to turn to under 18s. Now under 18s issues have started to come under the spotlight with important case law developments in relation to 16 & 17 year olds and under 16s.

It is essential that all those involved in the provision of accommodation/care/treatment for under 18s are aware of the recent developments, so that any deprivations are recognised and appropriate steps taken to obtain appropriate legal authorisation. 

In particular, those working in Children’s Services need to recognise the relevance of these changes where children are being ‘accommodated’ by the Local Authority, including being familiar with the developments, understanding how they impact, and knowing what steps need to be taken to ensure they are acting lawfully.

We can help

We offer a specialist training service which can be provided in-house to a group size of your choosing and tailored to your organisation's needs, policies and procedures. 

We also arrange training events across our offices nationally and speak at conferences and other events. 

Who we are

We regularly provide training to NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and independent organisations on a variety of mental health adn capacity related topics. This includes:

  • Statutory & professional training for AMHPs, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Assessors (BIAs and Mental Health Assessors) and ACs/Section 12 clinicians induction and refresher training
  • Training for Hospital Managers, Non-Executive Directors and Trust Boards
  • Mental capacity and Deprivation of Liberty training
  • CAMHS reviews and updates
  • Transforming Care Issues

Training management team

Our training management team can deal with any queries you have and arrange for appropriate facilitators from our wider national training team.


Download the flyer for the sessions here or contact one of our experts; Helen Kingston and Gill Weatherill.