Factors associated with the use of mechanical restraint in disability services

Mechanical restraint refers to the use of materials or devices to restrict the behaviours of a person with a disability, where the restraint is neither for therapeutic purposes or required by law. The inappropriate use of mechanical restraint is recognised in legislation and policy as a violation of people’s human rights, and a risk to their health and wellbeing. Understanding who is at risk of mechanical restraint may assist service providers to better support people with a disability.

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Topics:
Disability service providers, Human Rights, Social Justice, Case Studies

Author:
Lynne S. Webber, Ben Richardson, Kathryn L. White, Padraig Fitzpatrick, Keith McVilly & Sheridan Forster

Source:
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, DOI: 10.3109/1366825

Date published:
Wed 17th May, 2017