The Risk of Physical Intervention/Not Intervening

The risk of carrying out physical Intervention:

  • May cause discomfort or distress to the client.
  • May cause pain or injury.
  • It may create mistrust and undermine relationships.
  • It can become a routine rather than an exceptional method of managing the behaviour.
  • It can increase the risk of abuse.
  • Undermines the service user’s dignity and can be degrading or humiliating.
  • It can trigger negative thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

The risk of not intervening:

  • Someone suffers injury or harm, this could be the client displaying the behaviour, staff members or third party (other clients)
  • Negligence in our duty of care to another service user.
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