finding positive alternatives to physical restraint
Mark Brend Author, editor and journalist
Dave Jackson Regional director, Northern Region, Choice Support
Breaking a cycle of physical intervention in handling violent incidents and adopting positive behavioural approaches brought about a radical turnaround in the behaviour of a young man with autism. As Mark Brend and Dave Jackson explain, the change also had the added benefit of drastically reducing the cost of providing care, and, most importantly, improving the client’s quality of life
Last February The Howard League for Penal Reform stated that unacceptable levels of pain was routinely being used to restrain children in custody. The report was the result of an independent investigation, led by Lord Carlile (
the use of physical interventions must be severely restricted
physical force must never be used to secure compliance or as a punishment.
Learning Disability Practice. 9, 10,32-38. doi: 10.7748/ldp2006.12.9.10.32.c7777