Managers and staff might consider the following examples of restraints and restrictive practices that meet the following definition.

Restraints and restrictions involve:

  • the use or threatened use of force to prevent or command another person to comply with one’s wishes, which they resist

  • a deliberate restricting of a person’s freedom of movement, which the person might or might not resist, and which could involve the use of physical, mechanical, chemical or psychological means.


Use of force by one or more people to control another’s behaviour by:

  • holding or holding down in different ways, sitting on a person, arm locks, etc

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