by Rebecca Fish Physical restraint is holding somebody to stop them moving. It is done to stop harm to people or damage to property. Staff sometimes use physical restraint to restrict someone’s freedom of movement. When people think about staying in units, they often remember being physically restrained, or seeing other people being restrained. […]
by Rebecca Fish Throughout my career, I have met many family members of people who have been detained in inpatient units. I have talked to people who have had their son or daughter ‘placed’ in various services, not just forensic units, for many different reasons. Yet there was a common feeling amongst all of them: […]
Rebecca Fish In 2012 I spent 9 months doing ethnographic research on 3 locked wards for women on an NHS secure unit for people with learning disabilities in England. People are detained in these units under the Mental Health Act if they have committed an offence, or if their behaviour is considered a risk to […]
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