November 19, 2021
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Course Description

A challenging and often contentious issue in Ireland's healthcare sectors 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. For instance

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards &Restraint

HIQA Guidelines outlined

What is the definition of restraint and when can it be used?

What types of restraint are considered appropriate?

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?

How do you best deal with it?

When must restraint be absolutely used?

What are the key issues / challenges?


All these questions will be answered by Aisling with the use of practical examples.

All attendees will get a chance to engage in an informative Q & A session, and will receive a highly informative course pack, and leave with 5 structured CPDPoints.

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  MasterClass Certificate in Control and Restraint – The Legalities & Practicalities You will also receive a full Control and Restraint – The Legalities &Practicalities course pack to refer back to at any time in the future.

Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.


This training course costs €425 EARLY-BIRD (Normal rate €525).


Aisling Mulligan
BCL (Phil), B.L Barrister at the Law Library, Four Courts

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