Use of restraint in residential care settings for children and young people

Day, Andrew, Daffern, Michael and Simmons, Pam 2010, Use of restraint in residential care settings for children and young people, Psychiatry, psychology and law, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 230-244, doi: 10.1080/13218710903433964.

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Title Use of restraint in residential care settings for children and young people
Author(s) Day, Andrew
Daffern, Michael
Simmons, Pam
Journal name Psychiatry, psychology and law
Volume number 17
Issue number 2
Start page 230
End page 244
Total pages 15
Publisher Australian Academic Press Pty. Ltd.
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2010-05
ISSN 1321-8719
Keyword(s) children and young people
juvenile justice
residential care
Summary An international movement promoting the reduced use of physical restraint and other coercive practices has brought into focus the ways in which those who are responsible for the care of children and young people respond to problematic behaviour. The topic generates emotive discussion, with proponents advancing the argument that the use of coercive measures enhances the quality of care and protects young people from harm, and civil libertarians who argue that restraint is never an appropriate way of managing behaviour. Despite such debates there is an absence of good research and scholarly activity on restraint practices, leading to uncertainty about the immediate and long-term effects of particular practices on both staff and young people. Consequently, it has been difficult for agencies to develop clear, consistent, and definitive policies. Drawing on international perspectives, the aim of this article is to discuss issues relevant to the practice of restraint in residential care facilities for children and young people in Australia, highlighting a number of issues that require resolution prior to the development of practice guidelines.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13218710903433964
Field of Research 111718 Residential Client Care
180114 Human Rights Law
Socio Economic Objective 940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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