Human Rights and Restrictive Practices:

Autonomy vs Safety?

Following on from the COPNI Home Truths report, providers of social care are expected to demonstrate a sound understanding of human rights and how they relate to service provision. This session follows on from the Human Rights Workshops IHCP hosted in November 2018.  Following discussion with members, the need was highlighted for a workshop dedicated to exploring the appropriateness of practices that have the impact of restricting movement and independence of service users.  Examples include the use of keypads to restrict access to parts of a care home, buzzer mats and bed rails.  IHCP is delighted that senior RQIA staff will be at the event.

Who should attend?

The session is best suited to senior decision makers in the social care sector. It will be of particular benefit to Managing Directors; Regional Managers; Registered Persons in Charge of Nursing or Residential Homes and providers of Domiciliary Services.

What will the session cover?

The training will be delivered by Dr. Nazia Latif, an expert in care and human rights. RQIA Director of Assurance, Theresa Nixon and Deputy Director of Assurance Dermot Parsons will also be speaking and available for questions and discussion.

The session will look at the human rights framework around restrictive practices in social care.  It will introduce how providers of care can use a human rights-based approach to balance their duty to promote the autonomy of service-users against the duty to safeguard them from harm.  The session will be heavily focused on participants working through a number of case studies using a human rights framework with feedback from the RQIA and Nazia Latif.

The session will cover

  • The human rights standards relating to restraint and restrictive practices
  • A human rights-based approach to making decisions with service users around the care they receive
  • The human rights principles and framework to decision-making and record-keeping
  • Detailed case studies to demonstrate the benefits of a human rights- based approach.
  • The RQIA’s approach to Inspections.

Further information

Please contact: Liz Marshall – email:

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