Social Care Digital Innovation Accelerator

Liberty Protection Safeguards

With the incoming changes that the new Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) legislation will bring – not only in terms of process, but the number and range of organisations involved – this project seeks to create a multi-partner, secure, interoperable and accessible case collaboration system to notify, assign, track and authorise deprivations of liberty.

The discovery phase of this project is now complete (see below) and development on a solution has begun. With the Code of Practice still to be confirmed, development is focusing on the collaboration tools required to enable timely completion of assessments. The development partner Looking Local have a seat at the table with NHS Digital and ADASS in developing the standardised LPS forms over the coming months.



Facilitated by leading local government technology developers Looking Local, the co-design workshop began the discovery phase back in August. 

The five collaborating councils  along with the LPS lead from ADASS and representatives from both the LGA & NHS Digital discussed in detail the incoming legislation, the changes that would be required, plus spent time identifying the key issues and common challenges within the current DoLS process. 

The workshop was the first step in the process of determining the role, shape and size that a digital product could play in the new LPS process. Following the workshop Looking Local spent time onsite with individual councils shadowing and interviewing key staff. 

The discovery phase is now complete and the Social Care Programme Board agreed that the project should progress into development. The LPS discovery report can be requested here.


Core development began in October and current estimates suggest there will be a co-designed minimum viable product (MVP) available from early 2020.

Initially focused on developing the basic case management system and onboarding users, the work is being undertaken in an agile manner, with progress shared with and signed off by the co-funding councils along the way. Additional LPS form development work is also in train in parallel with the relevant agencies to ensure a ‘digital-first’ approach.  

Over 35 councils have already registered interest in this digital LPS project and we are keen to share the work as widely as possible. To  discuss a potential briefing at your local regional group or just to find out more, please contact: