Wordgames and DoLs

I got a call yesterday evening, after visiting LB. Awkward, awkward, awkward. The ensuing discussion erased any memory of the guy’s name or credentials but he’d been in to assess LB that afternoon to decide whether he was being deprived of his liberty or restricted in his movements.


He was surprised and shocked we knew nothing of this visit especially as he knew we were going to visit LB shortly after his visit.


His assessment involved conversations with LB and two staff members, and his conclusion was;

  • LB is restricted but not deprived of his liberty because he isn’t trying to abscond when out of the unit, is offered regular options to leave the unit on outings (which he regularly turns down) and hasn’t said he wants to leave. Although he did tell the guy he didn’t want to be there. Conclusion: apart from the locked door, there is nothing stopping him leaving.  


He wanted to know what I thought about this.

Wordgames. That’s what I thought about it. Wordgames, spin and nonsense.