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Since it's founding in 1997, the CYC-Net discussion group has been asked thousands of questions. These questions often generate many replies from people in all spheres of the Child and Youth Care profession and contain personal experiences, viewpoints, as well as recommended resources.

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Quiet rooms

My name is Leanne McGillen. I am currently attending Red River College in the Child and Youth Care program. I am currently working on an assignment that deals with the issue of ethics in this practice. My current issue that I'm working on is the issue of use of quiet rooms and when or if they should be used in our practice. Any information or links to reference sites would be much appreciated. Thank you for your time.

Leanne McGillen

Hi Leanne--this sounds like an interesting and worthy paper. I wrote an article a few years ago that was a point:counterpoint entitled "Locked Isolation: Is it Best Practice or Abuse?". It was published in the Child Welfare League of America's Residential Group Care Quarterly in Fall 2000 edition. I took the position that before labeling locked isolation as "abuse" one needed to see a bigger picture--but that locked isolation should never be considered "best practice" in any sense. A program that was using this method had an ethical obligation to address the elimination of the practice as a priority and had to consider that either they did not have enough resources to care for the kids in their program at a best practice level--or they were not using the resources they have creatively enough.

I cannot send you a copy electronically but if you contact the Child Welfare League of America at that may lead you to a link.

Good luck with the paper. I hope you share some of your conclusions.

Frank Delano
Director JBFCS Institute for Child Care Professionalization and Training,
New York, NY

Frank's paper about the way to relate to locked isolation sounds most interesting. We in Israel are also asking ourselves questions about this kind of crisis intervention method. I would be most grateful if you could send me a copy of your article: "Locked isolation: is it best practice or abuse?".

Thanks in advance,
Emmanuel Grupper,
Director of residential and care department, Israeli Ministry of Education

As a Child and Youth Therapist (who has never practiced in a residential setting) I am quite appalled to learn that in the 21st century such a practice is still in use.

With all the available literature on ecological-developmental context and interventions why would such a practice – abuse in its very nature – be accepted?

Saraceno, B.C. Canada

If you receive a copy of "locked isolation" please forward it to me, as I would be very interested in it.

Tim Nolan

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