Reducing the Use of Restricted Practices

The National Institute of Intellectual Disability Studies is an Irish company, with a deep commitment and proven track record of reducing the use of restrictive practices in services for people with disabilities and schools. We are BILD certified and accredited with the Restraint Reduction Network UK. 

Governance arrangements must be in place within the centre, to monitor the use of restrictive practices and ensure that the rights of individuals using the service are always protected and promoted. The setting must promote a restraint-free environment for children and adults in their service with a specific aim to reduce or eliminate the use of restrictive practices wherever possible. The centre must ensure that the appropriate resources, such as trained workforce, are in place.

What is Restrictive Practice?

Restrictive practices in health and social care refer to the implementation of any practice or practices that restrict an individual’s movement, liberty and/or freedom to act independently without coercion or consequence (RCN, 2013).

HIQA Report ‘Restraint Procedures 2016’, defines Restrictive Practices as a restraint or practice that:

  1. Physical restraint, which includes Mechanical restraint.
  2. Environmental restraint
  3. Rights Restrictions which include:
    • Psychosocial restraint
    • Overly Risk Averse
    • Rights Restrictive
    • Power Control
    • Consequence Control
    • Blanket restrictions

For more information on Restricted Practices view our article here Download RP - niids.pdf

  • Overly Risk Averse
  • Rights Restrictive 
  • Power Control
  • Consequence Control


Course Bundles 

Frontline Workers - Modules 1 - 3 -

Supervisory Staff - Modules 1- 5 - 

PICS and Registered Providers - Modules 1 - 6 - 

To view all our Restrictive Practice eHub Courses - click here 

Download our Restrictive Practice Brochure -  Download RP - niids.pdf

Recent Webinars:

This interactive workshop will allow participants to explore a case study of an individual whose behaviour is risk to life. The interactive workshop will take participants on an experiential journey to challenge them to consider approaches and practices by offering them challenging questions which will make them consider their own values, belief, and cultural responsiveness. It will engage them in critical thinking that they can use in practice to reduce the use of restrictive practice particularly in diverse client groups, such those with complex intellectual disabilities, mental health difficulties or those who have been exposed to trauma.

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Toolkit: Reducing the Use of Restrictive Practices


This online toolkit provides your teams with the skills and knowledge to help them complete your Continuous Improvement Plan for the reduction of restrictive practices and enhancing residents' human rights

  • Suitable for Frontline Staff and PPIM
  • Organisational-wide Methodology
  • Set against HIQA's Quality & Safety and Capacity and Capability themes
  • Assists in the development of Quality Improvement Plans
  • Provided through 6 online modules tailored to the learner through an award winning LMS system
  • Centralised governance record of training

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Online Learning (eHub)

Our online EHub provides over a 1100 self-paced, multi-media bite size training programmes set against our Competency Professional Development Framework, available here at Your Fingertips.

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