Use of force in mental health units: what nurses need to know
New guidance on the use of force in mental health units in England aims to reduce its use and ensure better accountability and transparency
- Use of force was once the norm, with people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds and women and girls disproportionately affected
- There is still over-reliance on its use – updated legislation is known as Seni’s Law, after a man who died after being disproportionately restrained
- New guidance on changes in the law set out what needs to be done to comply
Guidance has been issued to help people navigate a newly operational law on the use of force in mental health units in England.
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