Working within the care sector means that you have understand and adhere to a number of regulations. These rules, specially designed to cover the particular demands of the care sector, are set up to protect people in care and those responsible for their well-being.
A number of care regulations fall into the category of human rights, relating to the Mental Capacity Act 2005. One important area is Deprivation of Liberties Safeguarding, a set of regulations protecting the best interest and personal liberties of people in care homes and hospitals.
Under this legislation, hospitals and care homes must seek permission from a supervisory body such as the Primary Care Trust (PCT), for example, before depriving someone who lacks the capacity to consent of their liberty. This includes people with mental disorders.
As these kinds of regulations can be quite complicated to understand and put into practice properly, it is advisable for all care workers to undergo the proper Deprivation of Liberties Safeguarding training. Subjects covered on these courses include everything from how to define deprivation of liberties to advocacy and how to deal with challenges and emergencies.
This course should be taken alongside others designed to help care workers get to grips with the Mental Capacity Act 2005.