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Control and Restraint – Legalities & Practicalities

  • 6 CPD Hours Apex Building, Blackthorn Road Sandyford Business District D18 (map)

A challenging and often contentious issue in Irelands care homes and in the social care environment is the issue of control and restraint of patients. Frequently, the appropriate use of control and / or restraint is necessary, be that for the patient’s safety or that of other patients or family. However, even with good intentions, inappropriate use, whether through the lack of knowledge or training or simple ignorance, along with the lack of detailed documentation of decisions taken to apply control and restraint in certain cases could lead to accusations of mistreatment aimed at the care professional. The issues surrounding control and restraint can be fraught with legal implications, legislative compliance failures and more and professionals in the care environment need to be aware of the challenges, need advice and guidance on how to comply with regulations and importantly, need to be informed on best practice, particularly where control and restraint may frequently be required or potentially required. 

For instance, 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 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 CPD Points.

Course Content

  • Overview of 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 CMG MasterClass Certificate as well as your CPD Certificate containing 5 Structured CPD Hours. Please note certificates are issued at the close of the training course to participants who complete the full five hours.


This course costs €395 (Early-bird) normal rate is €495. The price includes course documentation and training pack, teas and coffee, snacks, biscuits, fruit on arrival. Lunch is light fare containing freshly cut sandwiches, wraps, a selection of teas and coffee. Alternatively, you can avail of the local food stores and coffee shops within a one-minute radius of the training centre for hot food or alternative lunch options.

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