Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) privacy notice

Purpose for processing your information

The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham as Data Controller administrate the deprivation of liberty safeguards process. Providing your personal data to us allows the council to assess if such safeguards apply.

It is a legal requirement for Local Authorities to use Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards where a person’s care and treatment deprives them of their liberty. Consideration will always be given to the least restrictive options for delivering care and treatment that avoid depriving someone of their liberty wherever possible.

The Data Protection Act 2018 states that we must have a lawful basis or reason before we can start to collect or process your personal data. We are required to use your data to carry out our legal obligations and to comply with our statutory functions. This is covered by GDPR A6,(1,c,e)  respectively. Additionally GDPR Article 9(2,h) is replied on for processing data about your health (Special Category data). This is underpinned by the Data Protection Act 2018 Schedule 1 Part 1 Paragraph 2.

Depriving someone of their liberty may be crucial to ensure they receive care and treatment necessary to prevent harm. It ensures that any restrictions or limitations on a person’s freedom will be monitored and if appropriate, challenged.

Any questions regarding our privacy practices should be sent by email the Data Protection Officer for London Borough of Hammersmith Fulham or in writing to The Data Protection Officer Hammersmith & Fulham Council, Town Hall, King Street. Hammersmith London W6 9JU

We collect the following information

The information that we collect about you will come from you as well as a combination of; care providers, family members, other local authorities and health services. We only collect the minimum amount of personal data required to administrate the deprivation of liberty safeguards process. We collect and hold the following information in relation to you.

  • contact details
  • demographic information
  • family and relationship details
  • referral, assessment and care plan
  • national unique identifiers
  • health data
  • financial information
  • social care

Who is your personal data shared with?

We only share your personal data when there is a need to by law and will routinely share with your health service practitioners, care providers and family members.

If you require an interpreter or document translation, your data may be shared with our translation and interpretation service in order to provide this service. Data shared with our translation and interpretation service will be only for the explicit purpose of completing the translation/interpretation and will not be shared for any other purpose.

How long do we keep your information?

We will keep this data for 3 years from the deprivation of liberty

Your rights and access to your information

You have the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you. General Data Protection Regulations also give you additional rights The ICO website contains the full list

For the data that we collect for this purpose, you have a right to: Access your data, Rectify your data, Restrict the processing of your data and Object to the processing of your personal. Where we rely on legal obligation to process your personal data the right to object does not apply.

If you have any concerns

You have the right to complain to us if you think we have not complied with our obligation for handling your personal information.


You can also lodge a complaint with The Information Commissioner who is the UK's independent body set up to uphold information rights. See their website

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