Methods of intervention used in challenging behaviour - Restraint.

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My method of intervention I have chosen for an example is; restraint, a form of physical intervention. It is an assertive approach to intervention.

Dictionary description

The act of restraining or the condition of being restrained.

Loss or abridgment of freedom.

An influence that inhibits or restrains; a limitation.

An instrument or a means of restraining.

Control or repression of feelings; constraint.

Restraint can take many forms. It may be both verbal and physical and may vary in degree from an instruction to seclusion.

The purposes of restraint are:

- To take immediate control of a dangerous situation; and

-To contain or limit the patient's freedom for no longer than is necessary; and

-To end or reduce significantly the danger to the patient or those around.

The most common reasons for restraint are:

- Physical assault;

- Dangerous threatening or destructive behaviour;

-Non-compliance with treatment;

-Self-harm or risk of physical injury by accident

-Extreme and prolonged over-activity likely to lead to physical


Restrictive physical interventions should always be designed to achieve outcomes that reflect the best interests of the adult whose behaviour is of immediate concern and others affected by the behaviour requiring intervention.

"The Adult Guardianship Act applies to abuse

and neglect in a public place, the adult's

home, a care facility or any other place except

a correctional center.

What are the principles guiding intervention

under the Act?

All adults are entitled to live in the manner

they wish and to accept or refuse

support, assistance or protection as long

as they do not harm others and they are

capable of making decisions about these


This would suggest incapable adults are entitled to help and support, unless they are harming others.

Wherever possible, restrictive physical interventions should be used in a way that is sensitive to,