Six Core Strategies for reducing seclusion and restraint checklist

Publication date: 15 August 2013

This checklist is based on the original Six Core Strategies© checklist developed in the USA by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Medical Directors Council (NASMHPD). This version has been adapated for use in New Zealand. 

The checklist is a proven way for mental health and addiction services to reduce seclusion and restraint events.

Use the button below to request a printed copy to be posted to you.


Word files can be downloaded below. These templates allow you to work through the checklist for each strategy. You can work through the full template of all six strategies, or each strategy individually.

Story of good practice

Tairawhiti District Health Board (DHB) have seen a dramatic reduction in seclusion and restraint events with Maori and all people using services. Read more about their journey.