We published our Use and Reduction of Restrictive Practices Policy in July 2020. The policy underpins our organisational approach to reduce restrictive practices while ensuring the rights of people we support are always respected and protected. Alongside this we relaunched our Reducing Restrictive Practice Organisational Working Group.
Reducing restrictive practices is a priority which is everyone across Certitude is committed to fully understand, consider, reflect, and apply in all aspects of practice.
The policy aims to:
Restrictive practices can range from over medication and physical restraints, to more subtle practices, such as not allowing someone access to part of their home or the choice of activities being dictated by the needs of the team rather than the person we support. These more subtle practices may not even be recognised as restrictive.
We are proud to be part of the Restraint Reduction Network and a member of their steering group. In October 2020 we made a pledge to the network that as an organisation we would:
We want to strengthen the work we do and can only do that by involving a range of different people with different experiences to fully co-produce. We invite any family members, friends or people we support to join the different groups. There are many ways to get involved either as group or on a one-to-one basis depending on your time commitments and preferences. If you are interested and have some time to spare – please get in touch. To find out more information, please email Rhona Leishman on RLeishman@certitude.london.
As part of our commitment to giving people maximum choice and control over their lives, this year we are launching our Reducing Restrictive Practices Strategy. This bold policy will create a culture-shift throughout the organisation and is being co-produced with families, people we support, external partners, behavioural experts and staff.
Restrictive practices – like seclusion or forceful administration of medication – are not used in Certitude services, however sometimes staff may use other forms of restriction to keep people safe. In developing our strategy, our first step was to work with all our stakeholders to identify what we mean by ‘restrictive practice’.
Head of Service, Pamela Newman, explains: “A restrictive practice might be a practical action like locking a cupboard containing money or food in a house or it could be more psychological such as being manipulative or bossy. By engaging with all stakeholders we have been able to get into the specifics of what people feel is restrictive and together we have produced a detailed programme which sets out our ambitions. And, because it is co-produced, we are accountable by everyone involved.”
Two steering groups are now in place to deliver the strategy which will be launched with a learning video later this year.#
We have identified six categories of restrictive practices: