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Law Society DOL guidance (2015)

This chapter focuses on the circumstances in which 16-17 year olds might be deprived of liberty.

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Research in Practice (2020)

This guidance authored by Camilla Parker and Alex Ruck Keene considers DOL and 16-17 year olds.
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Guidance on the rule 1.2 representative role

In Re VE [2015] EWCOP 16, Charles J provided a useful explanatory note for family members or friends acting as a rule 3A (now rule 1.2) representative.

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Assessing Capacity


This guidance by 39 Essex Chambers provides a detailed summary of the relevant law for assessing capacity.

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Best interests


This guidance by 39 Essex Chambers provides a detailed summary of the relevant law for determining what is in the best interests for someone who unable to decide.

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ADASS Promoting Less Restrictive Practice

This tool produced by the Directors of Adult Social Services is really useful in identifying measures that affect the person's liberty (for the purposes of the acid test) and for considering whether those measures are necessary and proportionate to the risks.

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Sexual capacity

This super resource from the British Psychological Society sets out the relevant law and helpful guidance on issues relating to capacity to consent to sexual relations. Note that the law has since developed in light of A Local Authority v JB (2020).



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Draft COPDOL Order

This is the template for an authorisation to deprive a young person of liberty.


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