1.5 Describe restrictive practices

Qualification: Level 2 Diploma in Care, Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care
Unit name: Safeguarding and Protection in Care Settings
Learning outcome: 1. Understand principles of safeguarding adults
Assessment criteria: 1.5 Describe restrictive practices

Restrictive practice refers to restricting the freedom of movement or liberty of an individual.


This includes:

  • Physical restraint (by a person or persons)
  • Physical restraint using equipment
  • Forced sedation or medical restraint
  • Imprisonment or seclusion

Restrictive practices should only be used as a last resort and require legal and ethical justification. Anyone performing restrictive practices must have had training and the least restrictive method should always be used.

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