Reducing seclusion and restraint

Tools are available to support in-patient services to reduce seclusion and restraint.

Seclusion and restraint are traumatising experiences for people receiving services and staff delivering services.

Reducing and working to eliminate seclusion and restraint is highlighted as a priority action in Rising to the Challenge.

Te Pou, with support from the Ministry of Health, have developed a range of evidence based tools to support inpatient services to reduce seclusion and restraint.

New Zealand has made good progress towards reducing seclusion and restraint and Te Pou will continue to support DHBs in this work.

Co-production approach

Watch Carolyn Swanson speak about Te Pou's co-production approach to the reducing seclusion and restraint initiative.


Working with district health boards

Te Pou works closely alongside district health boards (DHBs), providing advice and consultation to support change and ongoing practice development in reducing the use of seclusion and restraint. The use of data is a key focus of this work. The Te Pou Information team collate and analyse the seclusion data collected nationally, and work with DHBs to encourage active use of this data to inform and improve practice change.  

For more information

  • Use the menu to explore the web pages for this area of work.
  • Browse seclusion and restraint resources in our resource centre
  • Read stories related to this area of work.