Youth center staff often helpless to prevent kids from running away1 min read
Workers who care for kids in residential treatment centers say they feel powerless to prevent them from running away because of a Colorado law that limits their authority to restrain them.
Staff reported in a new study that they’re regularly confused and paralyzed by what’s known as the Colorado “Restraint and Seclusion Act,” which says they cannot physically prevent a child from leaving a residential treatment center unless the child is in imminent danger. Even police officers who respond to a barrage of runaway calls often do not understand that treatment center staff cannot restrain or block kids from fleeing, staff reported.
In one case, a worker watched helplessly as a 13-year-old boy ran from a center in the middle of a blizzard wearing only sweats and…
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