Restrictive and prohibited practices

A range of punishments are classified as restrictive or prohibited practices. Prohibited practices include any physical punishments such as hitting, punching, pinching, slapping, shaking and all other forms of physical punishment. Prohibited practices are against the law.

Other forms of inappropriate discipline such as withholding food, deprivation of basic needs, restraint and emotional abuse are also unacceptable.

Restrictive practices can only be undertaken if there is an approved current behaviour management plan. However, in some states (for example Queensland) the term restrictive practices is not used.

You will learn more about restrictive and prohibited practices by attending training in your state or territory, and through information provided by your care team.

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