Liberty Protection Safeguards
Currently a DoLS application involves a number of different assessments taking place, but there was a review by the House of Lords in 2014 that said the DoLS process wasn’t really working as intended, and so in May 2019 the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act brought in a new system called Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS).
This has been delayed for a number of reasons but should come into use April 2022 and is hoped to be a simpler process that is more person-centred.
The government has recently published (11 June 2021) six factsheets about the Liberty Protection Safeguards.
- Criteria for authorisation
- Appropriate person and IMCAs
- The approved mental capacity professional role
- Life-sustaining treatment or vital acts (section 4b)
- Authorisations, renewals and reviews
- The right to challenge an authorisation in court
Information about support that is being provided ahead of the implementation of LPS can be found on the government website