November 17, 2022

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Course Description

With a rise in numbers of healthcare workers reporting attacks and confrontation by patients this course has never been more important. A challenging and often contentious issue in Ireland's healthcare sector is the issue of control and restraint of patients. Frequently, the appropriate use of control or restraint is necessary, be that for the patient’s safety, staff or family.

The issues surrounding control and restraint can be fraught with legal implications, legislative compliance failures and professionals in the care environment need to be aware of these challenges and how to manage them.

Questions to be answered include:

  • What is the definition of restraint and when can it be used?
  • Under what circumstances must restraint not be used?
  • What are the boundaries when considering control?
  • What is the legal basis for control?
  • What are the legalities regarding recording,monitoring, seclusion?
  • What are the standard requirements in today’s professional care for recording an incident afterwards?

Course Content

  •       Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards & Restraint
  •       HIQA Guidelines outlined
  •       The issues and challenges facing professionals in controlling and restraining patients
  •       Legal definitions and boundaries
  •       Understanding the types of restraints, protective measures or deprivation of liberty
  •       Understand what constitutes control; physical, chemical and/or psychological
  •       Circumstances where restraint should be considered and when not to be used
  •       The Legal and Ethical frameworks relevant to restraint explained
  •       Practice Control and Restraint case studies
  •       Restraint techniques
  •       What constitutes inappropriate /abusive use of control / restraint?
  •       Distinctions between restraint, battery and negligence
  •       Practical guidance on documenting decisions taken to apply control and/or restraint
  •       Litigation, investigation and potential civil claims
  •       Minimising exposure to claims, case law and overview
  •       Criminal liability and the use of restraint

Who Should Attend

This course is suitable for those who work with patients or clients where control or restraint may be required, and would also be relevant to legal advisors who wish to gain an understanding of the legalities of this topic.


On completion of this one-day training course, you will receive your Certificate of Attendance. Please note certificates are issued at the close of the training course to participants on completion of the course. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award. 


An ‘Early Bird’ discounted rate of €465 is currently available. This training course normal rate is €565. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis. PLEASE NOTE THE EARLY BIRD RATE CLOSES 3 WEEKS PRIOR TO COURSE DATE.

The course cost includes all course notes and Certificate of Attendance.

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