The law about use of force in mental health units

Jul 12, 2021

Every individual has the right to be treated with dignity and in a caring therapeutic environment which is free from abuse.
The use of force (which refers to physical, mechanical or chemical restraint, or the isolation of a patient) can sometimes be necessary to secure the safety of patients and staff.

This focus needs to shift to one which respects all patients’ rights, provides skilled, trauma-informed, person-centred care, follows the principle of least restriction and promotes recovery.

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