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Deprivation of Liberty: Collected Guidance

Deprivation of liberty can be a confusing subject for lawyers and healthcare professionals alike. Part of the difficulty in understanding and applying deprivation of liberty safeguards is that there is a complex set of regulations and it can be challenging to find specific information from the various sources of published guidance.

This book is targeted at practitioners, to help them understand and apply the regulations and guidance to ensure vulnerable people in their care are safeguarded. It does not have a particular nursing focus, but it is written clearly, and has features that demystify the subject.

It includes a comprehensive overview as well as individual chapters on specific areas of practice, such as psychiatric settings. There are also ‘key factors’ boxes throughout which clarify specific points. Perhaps the greatest feature of the book is that it contains all the relevant guidance in one place.

This excellent book should be available on every ward and unit where safeguarding the rights of vulnerable people is, or could be, an issue. Those who come into contact with deprivation of liberty safeguarding on a daily or frequent basis may wish to have their own copy.

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