Pain Compliance Techniques and Children – Abuse or Necessary Risk Control Measure?
The use of force with children and young people is an emotive enough issue on it’s own. Add to the that the fact that staff can, if necessary, use pain compliance techniques to restrain children and you step into controversial territory.
The question is, is the use of pain-compliance technique on a child ‘abuse’ as some agencies consider it to be, or, is it a necessary evil that, if not used when it should be, could cause a greater harm to manifest?
All staff who work in the ‘best interest’ of children, as required by the law, must consider the child’s welfare and safety as their paramount consideration. So could the omission of such techniques be more about the consideration of staff and organisations not wanting to be sued rather than the best interest of the child?
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