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Restrictive Practice

The law restricts some practices used to manage the behaviours of children and young people in care.

Carers are unable to use restricted practices to manage a child’s behaviours unless the practice forms part of an approved behaviour management plan.  

Restricted practices are: 

  • Physical restraint 
  • Psychotropic medication 
  • Time out, non-exclusionary  
  • Exclusionary time-out 

Prohibited practices: 

  • Any form of corporal punishment (smacking, hitting) 
  • Any punishment that is intended to humiliate a child or young person 
  • Use of medication to control or retain a child or young person’s behaviour without a behaviour support plan 
  • Any punishment that involves immobilising a child or young person 
  • Force feeding or depriving  
  • Any use of aggressive punishment techniques for example; hot, cold bath, spices in mouth or in food 
  • Confinement or containment 
  • Punishment that contains threats to stop family contact 
  • Denying access to basic needs or support

Actions that can be taken: ensure carers talk to their caseworker if unsure of whether a form of discipline is a restricted practice.  

Discuss the child or young person’s behaviour with the caseworker to ensure supports are in place.  

Seek support from My Forever Family NSW. 

26 September 2019
Category: Support & Advice
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