Examining the Use of Restrictive Interventions in Respite Services in an Australian Jurisdiction

Chan, Jeffrey, Webber, Lynne S. and Hayward, Brent (2013) Examining the Use of Restrictive Interventions in Respite Services in an Australian Jurisdiction. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 20 6: 921-931. doi:10.1080/13218719.2013.770357


Author Chan, Jeffrey
Webber, Lynne S.
Hayward, Brent
Title Examining the Use of Restrictive Interventions in Respite Services in an Australian Jurisdiction
Journal name Psychiatry, Psychology and Law   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1321-8719
1934-1687
Publication date 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13218719.2013.770357
Open Access Status
Volume 20
Issue 6
Start page 921
End page 931
Total pages 11
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
2734 Pathology and Forensic Medicine
3201 Psychology (miscellaneous)
3308 Law
Abstract Very little is known about the use of restrictive interventions on children and young people with disabilities and challenging behaviours who receive respite. This study examines the use of restrictive interventions in an Australian jurisdiction where there is mandatory reporting of these practices in government-funded services. The characteristics of those subject to restrictive interventions and the types of restraint and seclusion used in respite are compared with those in people who do not receive respite. Approximately 28% (n = 578) of the total number of people with disabilities subjected to restrictive interventions were from respite services. They were generally male, younger (average age 21 years old) and reported to have a diagnosis of autism. The majority were subject to chemical restraint. The use of restrictive interventions in respite services requires further investigation and monitoring. There are policy and practice implications for respite service delivery.
Keyword Autism
Challenging behaviour
Disability
Human rights
Restrictive interventions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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