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.
- 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.