Reducing the use of restrictive practices by applying a human rights based approach


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n 2021 the Welsh Government launched a new framework for reducing the use of restrictive practices in childcare, education, health and social care settings. A series of reports and guidelines have stressed the importance of ensuring that restrictive practices, if used at all, respect people’s human rights. Human rights that are particularly relevant in this context include the right to not be subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment, the right to have one’s autonomy and physical and psychological integrity respected, and the right to not be discriminated against in the application of the Human Rights Act 1998. This article explores how applying a human rights-based approach can support learning disability nurses to consider the legal and ethical aspects of restrictive practices, use a person-centred approach that respects service users’ dignity and autonomy, and recognise their role in reducing the use of restrictive practices.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLearning Disability Practice
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2022


  • control and restraint
  • decision-making
  • ethical issues
  • ethical practice
  • human rights
  • Human Rights Act
  • learning disability
  • legal issues
  • mental capacity
  • mental health
  • positive behaviour support
  • professional
  • professional issues


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