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Liberty Protection Safeguards

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The Liberty Protection Safeguards will provide protection for people aged 16 and above who are or who need to be deprived of their liberty in order to enable their care or treatment and lack the mental capacity to consent to their arrangements.

People who might have a Liberty Protection Safeguards authorisation include those with dementia, autism, and learning disabilities who lack the relevant capacity.

The Liberty Protection Safeguards were introduced in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 and will replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system. The Liberty Protection Safeguards will deliver improved outcomes for people who are or who need to be deprived of their liberty.

The Liberty Protection Safeguards have been designed to put the rights and wishes of those people at the centre of all decision-making on deprivation of liberty.

The Liberty Protection Safeguards are planned to come into force in April 2022. The Government is aiming for full implementation by April 2022, but some provisions, covering new roles and training, will come into force ahead of that date.

You can find out more below.

Timeline of planned milestones for Liberty Protection Safeguards

You can view a diagram of the timetable on this link

Autumn 2020

  • Publication of revised Impact Assessment

Spring 2021

  • Public consultation on Code of Practices and Regulations 

Autumn 2021 

  • Code of Practices and Regulations laid before Parlament 
  • Publication of consultation response 

Winter 2021 

  • Publication of Code of Practice 

January 2022

  • AMCP Regulations coming into force 

April 2022

  • Aim for full implementation of LPS 

Liberty Protection Safeguards resources

You can access any of the following resources:

  • Liberty Protection Safeguards Fact Sheets
    • Liberty Protection Safeguards: what are they? (September 2020)

    • Liberty Protection Safeguards: overview of the process (November 2020)

    • Liberty Protection Safeguards: settings and Responsible Bodies (January 2021)

    • Liberty Protection Safeguards: criteria for authorisation (June 2021)

    • Liberty Protection Safeguards: the appropriate person and Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (June 2021)

    • Liberty Protection Safeguards: the Approved Mental Capacity Professional Role (June 2021)

    • Liberty Protection Safeguards: Deprivation of liberty and authorisation of steps necessary for life-sustaining treatment or vital acts (Section 4b) (June 2021)

    • Liberty Protection Safeguards: authorisations, renewals and reviews (June 2021)

    • Liberty Protection Safeguards: the right to challenge an authorisation in court (June 2021)

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