Rights, Risks and Restraints.

An exploration into the use of restraint in the care of older people.

A CSCI report originally issued in November 2007

Respecting people’s basic human rights to dignity, freedom and respect underpin
good quality social care. People may need support in managing their care and making
decisions but they have the right, whether in their own home or in a care home, to
make choices about their lives and to take risks.

Social care services have responsibilities to keep people safe from harm and to ensure
their safety. It is this need to balance people’s rights to freedom and to make choices
with ensuring people are safe that is at the heart of this exploration into the use of
restraint in the care of older people.