Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) to be reformed

The Health Minister has endorsed the Law Commission’s recommendations to replace the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) with the more robust Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS). The new regime will provide greater legal safeguards and transparency for individuals who are deprived of their liberty because they lack the mental capacity to consent to necessary care/treatment. Continue reading

The internet and child sexual abuse

On 3 April 2017, it became a criminal offence for an adult (18 or over) to conduct sexual communications with a child under 16 years old.  This was with the intention of stopping sexual grooming at an early stage, particularly via social media and mobile messaging.

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