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Liberty Protection Safeguards: Implementation of the 2019 Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act

Monday 23 September 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Liberty Protection Safeguards: Implementation of the 2019 Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act
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In a letter to parliament on 10th June 2019 Caroline Dinenage MP confirmed the Liberty Protection Safeguards will come into force in October 2020. “The Liberty Protection Safeguards will replace the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards system, which is broken and bureaucratic, and currently leaving thousands without protection. Our intention is for the new Liberty Protection Safeguards system to come into force on 1st October 2020.”

“The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 has now received Royal Assent and become law. The legislation provides for the repeal of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) contained in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA), and their replacement with a new scheme called the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)... The government has not yet announced the date on which the legislation will come into force. But it is possible that this could take place in Spring 2020. The government has confirmed that for up to a year the DoLS system will run alongside the LPS to enable those subject to DoLS to be transferred to LPS in a managed way.” Tim Spencer-Lane, lawyer, Law Commission, Community Care May 2019

This conference, which will be chaired by Alex Ruck Keene Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers & Former Consultant, Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Project, The Law Commission will update delegates on the implications of the new Act and the implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards in your service.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to move from DoLS to Liberty Protection Safeguards
  • Reflect on national developments and understand the implications of the 2018 Mental Capacity Amendment Act
  • Improve the way you manage Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in the interim
  • Understand what the legal and practical implications of the new system will be and the preparation you will need to do 
  • Reflect on how you can consider restrictions of people’s liberties as part of their overall care package
  • Understand how you can improve outcomes for service users
  • Identify key strategies for improving process and practice with regard to assessments and authorisations
  • Ensure you are up to date with the implications for your service
  • Reflect on case studies from councils, health services and an end life care service
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence


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