A person is being stopped from leaving their home by a member of staff.

We have created an Easy Read guide to the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS):


LPS 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 an LPS authorisation include people with dementia, autism and learning disabilities.. Our Advocates will ensure that their views and wishes are taken into consideration as part of the LPS process – just as we do within the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards now. This is especially important when the person objects to being supervised and/or prevented from leaving their home or placement.

LPS was introduced in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 and will replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system. They have been designed to put the rights and wishes of those people at the centre of all decision-making on deprivation of liberty.

The new Safeguards are planned to come into force in April 2022.