There have long been concerns about the use of physical restraint in residential care. This paper presents the findings of a qualitative study which explores the experiences of children, young people and residential workers about physical restraint. The research identifies the dilemmas and ambiguities for both staff and young people, and participants discuss the situations where they feel physical restraint is appropriate as well as their concerns about unjustified or painful restraints. They describe the negative emotions involved in restraint but also those situations where, through positive relationships and trust, restraint can help young people through unsafe situations.
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 29 Jun 2005|
|Event||Childhoods: Children and Youth in Emerging and Transforming Societies - Oslo, Norway|
Duration: 29 Jun 2005 → 3 Jul 2005
|Conference||Childhoods: Children and Youth in Emerging and Transforming Societies|
|Period||29/06/05 → 3/07/05|
- physical restraint
- residential child care
- social work
Steckley, L., & Kendrick, A. (2005). Physical restraint in residential child care: the experiences of young people and residential workers. Paper presented at Childhoods: Children and Youth in Emerging and Transforming Societies, Oslo, Norway, .