Nursing CPD Institute

Balancing Acts for Nurses: Restraint and Confidentiality Issues for Children

CPD Hours: 1
Current as at 26 May 2021
The law is clear for mental health providers but emergency and aged care nurses regularly face situations that need to be carefully managed to avoid physical or chemical injuries to clients and conflicts for staff.

“Rights of the Child”

Course Content

Most nurses see restraint use as the only way to protect a client who is a danger to themselves or to others.  Yet all of us are aware that there are dangers and risks to the patient and those who implement restraints.  

The law is clear for mental health providers but emergency and aged care nurses regularly face situations that need to be carefully managed to avoid physical or chemical injuries to clients and conflicts for staff.  

Choosing whether to inform a young person’s parents about their medical situations is a dilemma for many nurses working with adolescents particularly.  Understanding the law and the rights of the child can give direction and support for decisions and promote positive health decisions for younger clients.

Learning Outcomes

In this session you will:

  • Explore the issue of restraint in Children
  • Gain an understanding of the law and the rights of the child
  • Investigate confidentiality and the adolescent 
  • Reflect on the legal implications for your own practice
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