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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 2 sections

  1. 1 Liberty Protection Safeguards: An overview
  2. 2 The Liberty Protection Safeguards and why they exist
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In the first section of this Liberty Protection Safeguards course,  we give an in-depth overview of the Liberty Protection Safeguards, why they exist, and their importance. 


We look at the terminology around LPS and explore certain areas of the process such as referrals and consultations, three assessments, pre-authorisation review, and much more.

About this course

Person-centered care is a key principle for all health and social care workers, no matter where they work, no matter who they work with, and no matter what their role may be. It’s a principle that places the patient at the very heart of everything that happens - no treatments should be carried out, no medication should be given, and no decisions should be made without the full understanding and support of the person it directly affects.

However, it’s an unfortunate truth that some patients lack the mental capacity to fully understand certain things which means that they aren’t capable of giving their full consent. In these situations, it may be necessary to deprive those patients of their liberty, or in other words, their freedom to choose and to make decisions on their own behalf. But depriving someone of such a fundamental right as the freedom of choice comes with some obvious risks. It’s for this reason that the Liberty Protection Safeguards were introduced - to protect particularly vulnerable people.

Whether you are taking this Liberty Protection Safeguards course as part of your work, or you simply want to better understand the LPS process for personal reasons, this course is for you.

You’ll learn all about the Liberty Protection Safeguards. You’ll learn why it might be necessary to deprive some patients of their liberty and who it applies to; you’ll see who is involved in the process and what their responsibilities are; and you’ll learn about the entire process from referring a patient and what assessments need to be carried out, to how final decisions are made, how they are regularly reviewed, and how a decision can be legally challenged.

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The importance of Liberty Protection Safeguards Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Liberty Protection Safeguards Training certificate

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At the end of this Liberty Protection Safeguards Training course, users will be given a printable certificate. 

In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress is all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Liberty Protection Safeguards Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

Liberty Protection Safeguards Training certificate

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Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) legislation is changing to Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) in April.

The aim of the legislation is ultimately the same, to protect a person’s rights when they lack capacity to consent to arrangements for their safety and wellbeing, when such arrangements will deprive them of their liberty. However, while some elements of the legislation are the same as DoLS, there are some changes and reinforcements to improve outcomes for those that are deprived of their liberty.

  • You can access Liberty Protection Safeguards factsheets on the gov.uk website for more information, however below we summarise some of the key changes:
  • Three assessments will form the basis of the authorisation of Liberty Protection Safeguards; a capacity assessment, a medical assessment, and a necessary & proportionate assessment.
  • There will be an explicit requirement to consult with those caring for the person and those interested in the person’s welfare. 
  • An approved mental capacity professional (AMCP) will be involved when it’s reasonable to believe that the person would not wish to receive treatment in a specified place or independent hospital.
  • 16 and 17-year-olds will be incorporated into the LPS framework.
  • The LPS extends to domestic settings, such as the person's own home, shared lives, and supported living. 
  • Responsible bodies such as Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS trusts, and local health boards will manage the LPS process. 
  • Authorisation of a deprivation of liberty will last for a maximum of 12 months, and a further 12 months after renewal. After this, authorisation could be in place for up to 3 years, providing the renewals are continuous.

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