Deprivation of liberty safeguards

Lucy Series made this Freedom of Information request to Improvement and Development Agency for local government

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Dear Improvement and Development Agency for local government,

I am researching the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS). I understand that IDEA is helping to develop a peer review system for local authorities to replace the previous system of annual performance assessments conducted by CQC and CSCI. I would like to request copies of any correspondence, meeting minutes or reports where IDEA discusses how local authorities will review each other's performance with respect to DoLS.

Yours faithfully,

Lucy Series

Info, LGA, Improvement and Development Agency for local government

Dear Lucy

Thank you for your request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
on Thursday 10 May 2012. We will endeavour to respond to your enquiry
within 20 working days.

We will process your request in due course, but should you need to query
anything further, please email [1][IDeA request email] quoting Case
ENQ-164826-Z028

Kind Regards

LGconnect

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Info, LGA, Improvement and Development Agency for local government

Dear Lucy

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA) on 10 May 2012. Please note that the LGA is
not covered by the provisions of the Act, but we always try to deal with
such requests within the spirit of the legislation.

We have actively considered your request for correspondance, meeting
minutes or reports where IDEA discusses how local authorities will review
each other's performance with respect to DoLS. Unfortunately the LGA holds
no correspondance related to this. As a background to this, please see the
page on our website about our work with partners on sector led improvement
in adult social care:
[1]www.local.gov.uk/web/guest/media-centre/-/journal_content/56/10171/3374265/NEWS-TEMPLATE.

It can be noted from this that the new system of local authorities being
responsible for their own improvement does not directly replace the
previous system of annual performance assessments conducted by CQC and
CSCI - but is a completely new system of local authorities being
responsible for their own performance and to have a collective
responsibility to ensure improvement across other areas. There will no
longer be an annual assessment where performance in each authority is
assessed and published, and so there had been no attempt to set up a new
national system where local authorities will review each other's
performance with respect to DoLS - or any other aspect of social care.

Some regions are indeed using peer challenge methodologies to provide some
peer to peer assessment of the progress they are making with regards to
particular aspects of sector led improvement, but so far these have
focused on personalisation and local accounts - more information on these
can be found in the bulletins on this page.

There isn't anything we have which discusses how local authorities will
review each other's performance with respect to DoLS. DoLS isn't a strand
of work the LGA is currently working on.

I hope that this helps. Please redact any personal information from this
thread on the [2]www.whatdotheyknow.com website in accordance with the
Data Protection Act 1998

LGconnect

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Dear Info, LGA,

Thank you very much for dealing with my request within the spirit of the FOIA, even though you are not bound by it.

Your response is really helpful, thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Lucy Series