Restraints are routinely applied to people in custody to reduce the risk of escape. The risk is highest when the person is outside a custodial facility which occurs when appearing in court, obtaining medical treatment, or attending rehabilitative activities. Restraints are also used routinely for individuals who pose a particular risk to the safety and security of a custodial facility or service. Usually the use of these restraints is embedded in a person’s individual management plan, or the local orders for units which hold people for management purposes.

The purpose of this review is to examine the policy and practice governing routine restraint use in custody, including during transport and when outside custodial facilities.

Review terms of reference:

  1. Are policies and local orders governing routine restraint use clear and based on risk?
  2. When restraints are used routinely, is the practice consistent and fair?
  3. When restraints are used routinely, is the practice adequately documented and monitored?

A report on this review is anticipated to be available to the public by mid 2020.

Page last updated: 31 Mar 2020

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