Use of restraint in residential care settings for children and young people

Day, Andrew, Daffern, Michael, and Simmons, Pam (2010) Use of restraint in residential care settings for children and young people. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 17 (2). pp. 230-244.

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An international movement promoting the reduced use of physical restraint and other coercive practices has brought into focus the ways in which those who are responsible for the care of children and young people respond to problematic behaviour. The topic generates emotive discussion, with proponents advancing the argument that the use of coercive measures enhances the quality of care and protects young people from harm, and civil libertarians who argue that restraint is never an appropriate way of managing behaviour. Despite such debates there is an absence of good research and scholarly activity on restraint practices, leading to uncertainty about the immediate and long-term effects of particular practices on both staff and young people. Consequently, it has been difficult for agencies to develop clear, consistent, and definitive policies. Drawing on international perspectives, the aim of this article is to discuss issues relevant to the practice of restraint in residential care facilities for children and young people in Australia, highlighting a number of issues that require resolution prior to the development of practice guidelines.

Item ID: 47145
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1934-1687
Keywords: children and young people, juvenile justice, residential care, restraint
Funders: Guardian for Children and Young People in South Australia
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 07:50
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 100%
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