Liberty Protection Safeguards

Skills for Care is working with adult social care employers and sector experts to develop and deliver a programme of support for the implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards when the ‘Code of Practice’ is published in 2020. This support will focus on ensuring that the adult social care workforce has the right skills and knowledge to implement the changes.

Background information

In May 2019, the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act became law. It replaces the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) with a new scheme known as the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS). The new law seeks to protect the liberty of people who do not have the mental capacity to make decisions about their care, and to simplify the DoLS system, which currently has a backlog of assessments outstanding.

Code of Practice

There is now a national group working to develop a Code of Practice that will explain how the LPS will work and offering examples of best practice. The target date for completion of this work is June 2020.

You can read the notes from the LPS Implementation Group meetings here. 

Statement about training

Any training around the LPS should be linked to the Code of Practice, which is still in development. This means that any training delivered before the Code has been finalised and made public, may not meet the required standards.

Following feedback from employers that have come to us for guidance, our advice is that adult social care employers do not commission training around LPS until the Code of Practice is finalised and made public.

What is Skills for Care doing?

Skills for Care is developing a programme of support to help adult social care employers to implement the LPS, including learning resources and workforce guidance.

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