Canvas restraint jacket for children

Made:
1930-1960 in London
maker:
Unknown

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Canvas jacket for restraining young children, sleeveless with side straps to allow the arms to be tied in at waist level, made in London, England, c.1930-1960, and used at the Frenchay Hospital, Bristol.

Child patients in institutions were restrained using this jacket. It is made of canvas. The jacket was used during the 1930s through to the 1960s. It buttons up the front and is sleeveless with side straps. These allow the arms to be tied in at waist level. Such garments restricted the movements of children considered violent or unruly. These children often had mental health problems. Restraint jackets were phased out when anti-psychotic drugs and more ‘humane’ methods of management were introduced.

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Details

Category:
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Object Number:
2005-728
type:
restraint suit
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Monica Britton Exhibition Hall of Medical History

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