Relevant Person’s Representative and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
A Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard (DoLS) is designed to protect people who are being deprived of their liberty in a hospital or care home and to monitor their situation. There are legal safeguards in place which ensure everyone has a Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR) to uphold their best interests if they are deprived of their liberty.
An advocate can take up role of Relevant Person’s Representative for the duration of a DoLS when there is no one in a person’s life who is willing or able to act as his or her representative. However, if they are willing, a person can have a member of their family or a friend appointed as their representative (RPR).
In order to best protect people’s liberty, it is important to not only support the individual who has been deprived, but also their chosen representative. For this reason we have outlined some of a representative’s main duties and provided some additional literature to help people understand the role.
The role of the person’s representative is to:
- Provide continuing support and regular contact
- Ensure that all people involved in the care uphold the person’s rights and act in their best interests
- Help the person to voice their concerns
- Assist the person to make a complaint
- Challenge, both formally and informally, any deprivation of liberty
- Make an application to the court of protection
For more information, please read the following brochures: