Edge Training has recently conducted a national survey of 92 best interests' assessors (BIAs), triggered by the publication of the Law Commission's interim statement which reported that most consultees perceived DOLS to have failed to deliver improved outcomes for people. The survey of BIA assessors showed that, on many occasions, the assessment procedure had led to a positive outcome for many vulnerable people that had been missed by other professionals. In particular, the most commonly reported `positive outcome' from BIA input was the reversal of incorrect decisions that people lacked capacity to make decisions about their care. There were also a number of welcome examples where DOLS assessments had led to people being supported to return home from sometimes inappropriate care home placements or led to improved social activities and access to the community on a regular basis.