A National Survey for Adoptive Parents 2017

The subject of 'Physical Restraint' can be extremely difficult for adoptive parents to talk about. It’s a very emotional topic, but one that needs to be talked about openly if the right support and training is to be put in place. This includes the type of training designed to ensure that parents understand all the options available in respect of how to respond positively, sensitively and safely to incidents of extreme challenging behaviour.
For the purpose of this survey ‘Physical Restraint’ and/ or the act of restraining a child can should be taken as meaning “An intervention in which Parents hold a child to restrict his or her movement in order to prevent harm” (based on the definition in: ‘Holding Safely’, The Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care 2005)

This survey is designed to capture the reality of the lived experience of adoptive parents in order that the most appropriate help/support might be forthcoming. What we would ask you to do is answer all the questions honestly, and as fully as possible. All submissions are completely confidential and kept absolutely anonymous. It is our intention to use the information we gather to explore the nature of the issues and challenges you face. To this end we may present the findings of this survey in blogs, journal articles or within the context of training sessions. By completing this survey we will presume that this is your consent for us to do that.

This survey is part of a national fact finding initiative launched by ‘The Open Nest’ charity in conjunction with SecuriCare, a training provider specialising in the safe management of challenging, disruptive and aggressive behaviour. THE SURVEY WILL CLOSE ON FEB 28TH

 You may now complete the survey. Thank you for your time, and for sharing your experiences.

* 1. What is the age of your son/daughter?

* 2. What type of ‘CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR’ does your son/daughter engage in?

* 3. How frequently is your son/daughter engaging in a level of ‘CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR’ that you find difficult to manage?

* 4. Do you feel you know enough about DE-ESCALATION and CALMING TECHNIQUES?

* 5. In respect of ‘PHYSICAL RESTRAINT’ which of the following statements are TRUE? (Tick ALL statements that are true)

* 6. In respect of ‘PHYSICAL RESTRAINT TRAINING’ which of the following statements are TRUE? (Tick ALL the statements that are true)