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Deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS)

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) protect vulnerable adults while they are in hospital or care.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Forms can now be found on the ADASS website.

Liberty Protection Safeguards

Following the Mental Capacity Amendment Bill becoming law, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards will be replaced by a new Scheme called Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS).

There is not yet a confirmed date when this replacement scheme will come into effect but for further information on what this new scheme will involve please see Liberty Protection Safeguards resources.

The Government has officially launched a public consultation on the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act (MCA) and the LPS codes of practice and would welcome the views of others to help shape the design of what the final LPS Service will look like. Find out more about the consultation