The liberty protection safeguards (LPS) are not due to come into effect until October 2020 to allow time for all preparations to be made. This factsheet provides an overview of the new system though the exact procedures will not be known until the publication of a new code of practice and regulations with further guidance in early 2020.

Introduction

  1. The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 reforms the arrangements authorising the care and treatment of people who lack capacity to consent to the arrangements, which give rise to a deprivation of their liberty.

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