Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Relevant Person's Representative

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Relevant Person's Representative (DoLSRPR)

A Local Authority can detain a person in a care home to prevent that person suffering from any harm.  Prior to making this decision, the Local Authority would carry out a number of assessments to establish whether this person would suffer harm if they were to continue th reside in the community.

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Relevant Person's Representative (DoLSRPR) would assess whether there has been a change in circumstances, namely the DoLSRPR would consider the justification outlined in the assessments still applies. The DoLSRPR is appointed when the person has arrived at a care home and the Local Authority has reached its decision.

The DoLSRPR would assess the person during each visit, which takes place once a month, and compare their behaviour to that outlined in the above assessments. If there is a change, the DoLSRPR would request a further review of the initial decision.  If the DoLSRPR still disagreed with this outcome, he/she would ask the Court of Protection to nullify the decision to deprive the person of their liberty. The DoLSRPR would also monitor their care and raise any issues with the Local Authority.

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