Decision Making Framework
The Restrictive Practices Decision Making Framework underpins how we make decisions about all restrictive practices under our powers.
The Queensland Public Guardian strongly believes in what the Queensland legislation aspires to achieve: a world where the use of restrictive practices is reduced and eliminated – and a world that seeks to understand the communication and the driving needs of our clients, as opposed to one which restricts behaviours that may serve as a client’s only capacity to express these needs.
This decision-making framework is intended to guide service providers (in particular services funded by Disability Services or through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)) regarding the decision making process that the Public Guardian will use to make decisions in relation to both Short Term Approvals and other decisions relating to Restrictive Practices for Guardianship clients of the Office of the Public Guardian.
The decision-making framework is one of the key ways in which the Office of the Public Guardian gives life to the agency’s overarching Policy regarding Restrictive Practices and contributes to the overall human rights quest of governments and the sector to reduce and eliminate restrictive practices.
The use of the term ‘adult’ refers to both formal guardianship clients, and adults for whom a Short Term Approval for the use of restrictive practices, is sought from the Public Guardian. Importantly, this document is also intended to inform those people upon whom Restrictive Practices will be used, of the process by which the Public Guardian arrives at its decisions. This Framework should also serve as a guide for people who play a significant role in the life of an adult about how such decisions are made.