It has done so as,
"the safeguards are not meaningful for disabled and older people and their families, local councils and the NHS are struggling to meet their obligations under the law, and people who live in other settings – such as supported living – are being left unprotected."
The Supreme Court decision in Cheshire West also added to that burden.
The main thrust of the new scheme is that DoLS should be replaced by a new system called
“protective care” underpinned by several fundamental principles:
- A scheme that delivers improved outcomes: protective care must secure the support of disabled people, their family or carers, and professionals. To do this it should deliver – and be seen to deliver – tangible benefits and improved outcomes.
- A Mental Capacity Act-based scheme: the new scheme should be in keeping with the approach, language and empowering ethos of the Mental Capacity Act.
- A non-elaborate scheme: our provisional proposals seek to remove the unnecessary bureaucracy and overly-elaborate procedures that are apparent in the DoLS, while also protecting legal rights and providing meaningful procedural safeguards.
- A convention compliant scheme: it is a basic tenet of our review that the new protective care scheme must be fully compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.
- A scheme that is supportive of the UN Disability Convention: we are keen to ensure as far as possible that the new scheme is not only compatible with the UN Disability Convention, but is supportive of its aims and aspirations.
- A tailored scheme: the new scheme should be flexible and establish different approaches in particular settings.
In brief, the new scheme does not speak of deprivation of liberty but instead provides "safeguards for those whose care and treatment arrangements are becoming sufficiently restrictive or intrusive to warrant this. " Where a restrictive care and treatment scheme is required they would be referred to “Approved Mental Capacity Professional” (AMCP).
The full set of proposals are set out in the consultation documents that can be access using the links below:
You can also listen to the Law Commission team explain their thinking in a couple of YouTube videos available on this page.
The consultation is open until 2 November 2015 with a final report and a draft Bill in 2016.