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
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.