Minimising Restrictive Practices: Seclusion

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Seclusion and other restrictive practices are interventions that should only be used as a last resort in the event of a behavioural emergency. Remember that these practices are highly distressing for the client and may cause or exacerbate trauma. The goal is to minimise and hopefully prevent restrictive practices as much as possible.

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Seclusion is when a client is confined in a room or a physical space alone at any time of day or night and prevented from freely exiting (or it’s implied that they cannot freely exit), for the purpose of influencing their behaviour. Examples of seclusion include locking a client in a room, or removing their access to a mobility aid.


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Holly McCormick
27 Jul 2020
Informative to improve knowledge and practise regarding high risk patients and rights and responsibilities for consumers and staff.
Priyanka Agarwal
24 Jul 2021
Highly recommend to read the resource
Portrait of Reneé NISBET
30 Jun 2021
Great resource with useful information
Leonie Scarff
06 Aug 2020
easy to access and informative
Rosy Ali
20 Jul 2023
Good information
Sally Haskett
01 Aug 2020
Very informative and easy to navigate
Milly Nansamba
09 Mar 2022
I have gained new knowledge which is going to help me when I’m working with my clients
Karen Bourke
14 Sep 2021
A great resource to assist with behaviour in challenging clients, using restrictive practices as a last resort.
Kelly Fenton
02 Aug 2020
A good, to the point resource which spells out the main issues around isolating and the affect isolating people, including mental illness. This article discusses why people are often isolated including lack of guidelines and training, which could be a call to action for workplaces. Spelling out the reasons for isolating patients is a helpful reminder that staff should be trained in dealing with conflicts, recognising signs and triggers for patients and also be able to de escalate a situation prior to requiring this type of intervention.
Mitchell Keegan
24 Jul 2023
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