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02nd August 2017

Do we inform CQC and Local Authority of DOLS refusal?

When we apply for a DOLS using the urgent self authorization (less than 7 days) and the Local Authority respond saying standard not granted - which is correct as we have the person only for respite - MUST we inform CQC of the LA response? thank you

Dear Christine,

Thank you for your question,

CQC has a briefing page on their website about the regulatory requirement on you as a Registered Service to notify them of the outcome of all applications for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) authorisation.

The briefing is clear:

When you need to tell us about an application to deprive a person of their liberty

If you make an application to deprive a person of their liberty:

  • you only need to send us your notification when you know the outcome of the application or if you withdraw it.
  • you must notify us about the application and its outcome or withdrawal at the same time, using the same form.
  • once you know the outcome, you must notify us without delay

You can find the full briefing here:

Best wishes.


*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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