Adult Protection Departments appear, on the excuse of ‘safeguarding’, to be facilitating ever more efficient/profitable care by LA commissioned providers.
Remember the horrific effect of DOLs, removal of any objection as to when or what you eat, who you see, where you live, when you go out and where and even when you wash and how.
Forced medication and encagement.
Yet, once you are deemed MCA ‘incapable’, all that is needed by a private provider to do any of these and more is an effectively a rubber stamped DOL.
195,840 DOLS applications were received by councils from care providers in 2015-16.
The highest number recorded since DOLS were introduced in 2009, representing 454 DOLS per 100,000 adults in England.
As these are applications are by care providers, I assume these will not include new removals to residential care whose DOLs are granted by the Court of Protection.
So these need to be added.
We need statistics for the actual number of those in state ‘care’ subject to DOLS per se.
The statistics show large variations between regions .
The North East had almost three times as many (900 per 100,000) compared to London (319).
The remaining regions between 400 and 500 applications per 100,000 adults in 2015-16.
105,055 successful applications were reported in 2015-16, compared to 62,645 in 2014-15.
An increase of 68%, following a 380 % increase in successful applications between 2013-14, and 2014-15 (from 13,040 in 2013-14).
Of the 105,055 applications in 2015-16, 76,530 (73 per cent) were granted and 28,530 (27 per cent) were not granted.
This may point mainly to the fact, they were not a deprivation of a person’s liberty and therefore not needed.
The North East has the highest rate with 665 applications per 100,000 residents.
This is more than two and a half times the next highest region, the South West (258).
The other eight regions display some variation, with the South East having the lowest rate of 179 per 100,000 residents..
Although the proportion of applications granted was relatively consistent across most regions, only 44 per cent were granted in the South West, whereas 86 per cent were granted in the North East and London.
Councils are unable to cope with the number of applications and backlogs have resulted in some urgent applications, not being signed off for seven months, rather than the seven days required by law.
Official figures released last week by NHS Digital revealed the DOLS case backlog hit 101,750 in April 2016, up from 75,000 the previous year.
Local Authorities have resorted to the use of desktop assessments, to grant deprivation of liberty orders in a bid to clear a backlog of more than 100,000 referrals
And DOLS trainer and a best interests assessors raised concerns that desktop assessments risked losing a key check and balance in the process.
So much for Magna Carta.