Restrictive practices refer to any practice or intervention that removes or restricts another person’s rights, ability to make a decision or freedom of movement. Behaviour support aims to reduce and eliminate the use of restrictive practices as the first response to behaviours of concern, as it can present serious human rights infringements.
There are some instances in which regulated restrictive practices are used. Regulated restrictive practices include seclusion, and environmental, physical, mechanical, and chemical restraint. Outlined by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Restrictive Practices and Behaviour Support) Rules 2018, they include:
- Only in response to a risk of harm to the person with disability or others, as a last resort
- Authorised in accordance with any state or territory legislation and/or policy requirements
- In proportion to the risk of harm and used only for the shortest possible time.
Our Service Quality and Clinical teams have a strong understanding and extensive experience in documenting restrictive practices in adherence to the NDIS (Restrictive Practices and Behaviour Support) Rules 2018.