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Caritas Best Interests

Flexible and cost-effective DoLS solutions

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) authorisations have now risen to almost 10,000 per month.

We understand the strain this has placed on adult services, with such an unprecedented increase in workload leaving local authorities struggling to fulfil ‘Best Interest Assessments’ within statutory timeframes.

We can tailor an employment solution to your needs

Caritas Best Interests is a flexible recruitment solution that we’ve developed to support local authorities in addressing the unique challenges that the increase in DoLS authorisations has posed.

Flexible assessment options

Independent Best Interest Assessors (BIAs) can undertake multiple DoLS assessments on a ‘per assessment’ basis and provide full reports to local authorities to decide on authorisation.

National network of BIAs

We have established a national network of BIAs through our dedicated DoLS team, with assessors able to deliver high-quality reports on a full or part-time basis. 

Out of area assessments

We can help you reduce outlay on travel time and costs by arranging a ‘locally based’ assessor as our BIAs are not tied to any particular authority.

Training and professional development

We provide a fully-funded 18-hour annual training refresher session to qualified BIAs, as well as offering a comprehensive CPD package to ensure that all our candidates deliver outstanding service.

Peace of mind

We’re externally audited to make sure we meet APSCo Compliance+ Social Work standards and are accredited by ISO 9001, so you can rely on us to find highly trained and motivated BIAs.

Additional services

We maintain a broad pool of applicants, and can provide staff for other DoLS-related requirements, including:

  • Individual full-time locum BIAs
  • Large in-sourced teams of BIAs to increase capacity temporarily
  • Qualified social workers to back-fill posts left vacant by DoLS assessment requirements

Call on Caritas to provide highly-trained and motivated staff to keep your operations running smoothly.