'Behind This Wall' – Experiences of Seclusion on Locked Wards for Women

Rebecca Fish
2018 Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research  
Aim: To more fully understand the experiences of seclusion in a learning disability service for women. Background: This paper reports on one of the analytical themes, seclusion, from an ethnographic study exploring the lives of learning disabled women on locked wards. Method: Participant observation was used on three locked wards for women in a learning disability secure (forensic) unit in the United Kingdom. Themes from the analysis of field-notes were used to construct an interview schedule.
more » ... nterview schedule. Sixteen detained women and ten staff participated in interviews. Results: The thematic analysis produced four areas of relevance: the seclusion room environment, reasons for using seclusion, termination of seclusion and alternatives to seclusion. Conclusion: Detained women's descriptions of seclusion portrayed a bewildering, distressing experience which violated their privacy. Alternative practices such as providing a space for anger and resolve, and time for discussion with staff were identified.
doi:10.16993/sjdr.59 fatcat:ojoj5d5mmbhpxovr6thrc3esi4