Restrictive practices

A man needing social care and a social care worker laugh together

Behaviours which challenges services always happens for a reason and might be the only way a person can communicate - it can arise for different reasons, which are personal to the individual.

People who display or are at risk of displaying behaviours which challenge might need care and support which involves both positive support, such as positive behavioural support, and some form of restrictive practice or intervention, such as physical restraint or use of devices, medication or seclusion.

Any restrictive intervention must be legally and ethically justified, be absolutely necessary to prevent serious harm and be the least restrictive option. 

It’s important that adult social care workers, including managers, have the right skills and knowledge to support people who display or are at risk of displaying behaviours which challenge, and we have resources to help.

Guidance to help you

We’ve developed guidance on workforce development for commissioners and employers who want to minimise the use of restrictive practices.

It’s designed to help you plan, purchase or provide learning and development about supporting people positively and carrying out restrictive practices and interventions as part of that. It was developed in partnership with Skills for Health.

A positive and proactive workforce

Choosing the right learning 

Learning and development should focus on the practical skills workers need to do their job but also keeping the values they need to put them in practice.

A key part of selecting the right learning package for your organisation is finding the right learning provider.

Find our endorsed providers

Our Endorsement Framework finds and badges learning providers who can show high quality learning and development to the social care sector.

You can search for our endorsed providers in our online directory.