Restric­tive Practices

A Restric­tive Prac­tice is any prac­tice … that has the effect of restrict­ing the rights or free­dom of move­ment of a per­son with dis­abil­i­ty with the pri­ma­ry pur­pose of pro­tect­ing the per­son or oth­ers from harm’ . These prac­tices can also be called restric­tive inter­ven­tions. Restric­tive prac­tices are often autho­rised for use as part of a person’s behav­iour sup­port plan to make sure peo­ple can be sup­port­ed safe­ly. There are 5 key types of restric­tive practices:

  • Phys­i­cal restraint
  • Chem­i­cal restraint
  • Envi­ron­men­tal restraint
  • Mechan­i­cal restraint
  • Seclu­sion

Restric­tive prac­tices can have a seri­ous impact on the health and well­be­ing of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ty. This is one of the rea­sons why Aus­tralia has made a com­mit­ment to reduc­ing and elim­i­nat­ing the use of restric­tive prac­tices for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ty. The Nation­al Qual­i­ty and Safe­guard­ing Com­mis­sion and the NT Senior Prac­ti­tion­er pro­vide guid­ance on reg­u­lat­ed restric­tive prac­tices, autho­ri­sa­tion and monitoring.

Woolly­butt Spe­cial­ist Ser­vices is com­mit­ted to reduc­ing and elim­i­nat­ing the use of restric­tive prac­tices, and pro­vid­ing sup­ports in an envi­ron­ment that is free from the threat of harm, injury or mal­treat­ment. We are trained in iden­ti­fy­ing and report­ing instances of unau­tho­rised use of restric­tive practices.

Our staff, the peo­ple we sup­port and their car­ers should be aware that any alle­ga­tions or sus­pect­ed instances of unau­tho­rised use of restric­tive prac­tices, may be report­ed to the NDIS Qual­i­ty and Safe­guards Commission

For more infor­ma­tion and guid­ance about restric­tive prac­tices the fol­low­ing links can be helpful.





Infor­ma­tion Sheets

To help build capac­i­ty and under­stand­ing we have devel­oped the attached 

Pos­i­tive Behav­iour Support 

What are Behav­i­ous of Concern