Whilst we accept that there may be some extreme circumstances where people may be need to be restrained to keep them or other people safe, there are so many times where restraint becomes part of an established routine and people accept it as a practice. One of our major goals at Studio 3 is to reduce and eradicate the use of all forms restraint. We passionately believe that in order to manage challenging situations we must first look at our own reactions to crisis situations, and what we could do to prevent them from re-occurring.
The following outlines the Studio 3 approach to restraint and its reduction:
1. Restraint should only be a last resort. People often say this, but in reality the last resort can often become the first resort ( Deveau and McDonnell, 2007).
2. Always teach alternatives to restraint.
3. Never accept restraint as inevitable
4. Restraint is never therapeutic
If you are interested in reducing your own or your staff's use of restraint, take a look at our training courses to learn more effective and humane ways to de-escalate challenging situations.
We are supporters of the Restraint Reduction Network. Join us to tackle over-reliance on restrictive practices.