Criticism over use of alarms in care centres
Inspectors have criticised the restrictive practices in place in a number of residential centres for children in care.
The inspectors found that in some centres alarms were in use on bedroom doors and the kitchen was locked at night.
The findings emerged in a series of inspections carried out by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa).
"Restrictive practices in use in three of the centres. Inspectors found that risk assessments for the use of alarms on bedroom doors were not undertaken for individual children," it said.
The centre had not demonstrated why this restrictive practice was required for each child or the risk it was meant to control.
Overall, inspectors found that children were safe and well looked after and had a good quality of life. Children's rights were promoted and children were involved in decisions about their care.