A deprivation of liberty can only apply to people who reside in care homes or those in hospital.

If the person is or may be deprived of their liberty an IMCA can provide support.

  • During an assessment under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS 39A)
  • Between the appointment of a Relevant Person’s Representative when an authorisation is in place (DoLS 39C)
  • To the relevant person’s representative (DoLS 39D)
  • Within the role of a paid relevant person’s representative

Paid Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR)

The role of a Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR) is to maintain contact with the person and to represent and support them in all matters relating to the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS). This support has to be completely independent from the providers of the services they are receiving.

If there are no suitable family members or friends who can take on this role a Paid RPR must be appointed.

All referrals in relation to DoLS must be made by the Supervisory Body.