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
- 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.