Physical restraint in residential child care: the experiences of young people and residential workers

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages22
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2005
    EventChildhoods: Children and Youth in Emerging and Transforming Societies - Oslo, Norway
    Duration: 29 Jun 20053 Jul 2005


    ConferenceChildhoods: Children and Youth in Emerging and Transforming Societies
    CityOslo, Norway


    • physical restraint
    • residential child care
    • social work

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