This topic covers the use of restraint and restrictive practices in health and social care settings, including the legal background to the use of restraint, and the appropriate and inappropriate use of restraint and practices that limit service users’ freedoms.

There have been several high-profile cases of the inappropriate and abusive use of restraint over the years. Health and social care managers must therefore be careful to ensure that if restraint is used in their service it is used legally and according to best practice.

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