The Legal Use of Restrictive Interventions Course

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  • Certified by CPD
  • Audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration 2 hours
  • Downloadable certificate on completion

This Legal Use of Restrictive Interventions online training course looks at restrictive interventions in the context of the Human Rights Act, the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legal and ethical principles.

The appropriate, legal use of restrictive intervention is necessary in many clinical settings. However, inappropriate use, and the lack of detailed documentation of decisions, can make healthcare professionals vulnerable to accusations of mistreatment.

The CPD Certification Service has certified this training course.

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Who is the Legal Use of Restrictive Interventions for?

This Legal Use of Restrictive Interventions online training course is aimed at people in health and social care roles who sometimes have to restrain people in order to administer health care or to protect them from harm.

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When do I get my Legal Use of Restrictive Interventions certificate?

When you have successfully passed the course you will be able to download and print your certificate straight away.

Your certificate will include the CPD Certification Service logo. Therefore you can use it to provide evidence for compliance.

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What does the Legal Use of Restrictive Interventions course cover?

The Legal Use of Restrictive Interventions online training course contains the following 7 topics:

1 – Introduction to restrictive interventions

The first topic defines restraint and describes different types of restraint. You will learn about the doctrine of emergency.

2 – Background cases

The second topic uses three important cases to explain what a claimant must prove in order to establish negligence.

3 – Records

The third topic describes the characteristics of good restrictive intervention records. It explains three invaluable tools which will help you write good records.

4 – Legal Framework

Topic 4 details the legal framework of mental capacity. Your actions will differ for people who have mental capacity, people with short-term lack of capacity, and people with long-term lack of capacity. The topic also covers what to do in emergency situations.

5 – Capacity assessment

Topic 5 uses the case known as ‘Re C’ to explain the test for mental capacity. It also discusses religious belief and capacity assessment.

6 – The Human Rights Act

Topic 6 identifies relevant aspects of the Human Rights Act. It uses the case of Herczegfalvy to show how human rights law relates to restrictive interventions.

7 – Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

Topic 7 is about best interests and deprivation of liberty safeguards. It presents two important cases that relate to DoLS. It also covers the acid test for deprivation of liberty.


Once you have completed all of the topics, you will be allowed to take the assessment. The course generates an assessment from question banks so that the questions change each time a candidate takes the assessment. This makes the training suitable for initial and refresher training.

There is no limit on the number of attempts at the assessment. In addition, the course gives informative feedback so candidates can learn from incorrect responses.

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