1. What's the difference between using a seat belt buckle cover/guard and the Stayput system? 


The Stayput Safety Belt Security System is a complete seat belt assembly which is significantly different in application and price to a Seat Belt Buckle Cover/Guard.  Although both solutions aim to prevent unbuckling of seat belts, only Stayput addresses the requirements of not impeding removal of a person in an emergency and reducing/eliminating the Use of Restrictive Practices in the Disability Service Sector.  A comparison table of both approaches is available here 


2. Is the system transferrable between vehicles? 


The Stayput Safety Belt Security System is a complete seat belt assembly, which when installed by a vehicle modification company, replaces the existing seat belt in your vehicle.  Hence, this is not easily transferred between vehicles like a buckle cover/guard or harness.


3. Can I install the system myself?


No, you must not install the system yourself.  Installation must be carried out by a Stayput certified installation company to ensure correct operation.  



4. Do you include advice about positive strategies to promote safety in transport (based on an understanding of why the unsafe behaviour is happening) encourage fading of the restraint and link people to relevant road safety legislation?


It is important to understand that Stayput seat belts are normal seat belts in the deactivated state (ie: when a driver has not been issued an authorisation key or has not activated the security option, or the vehicle is OFF, or in event of accident), and that the design intent is to allow a driver to restrict access to the release button only when everybody must by law wear a seat belt.


That said, there are two perspectives to consider when addressing the issue of seat belt unbuckling.  These are road safety legislation mandating the use of seat belts in vehicles that are moving, or stationary but not parked; and the regulation of restrictive practices via policy directives to safeguard a person’s rights.  This can be seen as balancing duty of care and dignity of risk within a vehicle environment; a balancing act that many are finding increasingly challenging, given the focus on restraint reduction in the Disability and Ageing sectors.

balancing act

Our market research included seeking advice from transport authorities and restrictive practice governing bodies in order to satisfy the requirements of both sides of this balancing act.  We found Transport authorities accepting of the Stayput system (some Jurisdictions require conditional registration), whilst restrictive practice governing bodies view it as a “least restrictive option” in comparison to currently available supports and one that is particularly easy to fade out.


Do we offer advice?  

Assessing a person’s restraint and offering solutions requires an understanding of the factors contributing to unsafe behaviour in a vehicle. This could be related to sensory sensitivity to touch, or anxiety about the destination, travel route or even the vehicle environment.  Stayput recommends seeking advice from an Occupational Therapist and Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner to maximise positive outcomes for a person requiring support to travel safely. 


We do direct people to national guidelines such as AS/NZS 4370:2013 Restraint of children with disabilities, or medical conditions, in motor vehicles; NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework; and supporting resources in various jurisdictions. Eg: Department of Health and Human Services, State Government of Victoria, "Transportation of children with disabilities who display behaviours of concern - Clinical reasoning guide for occupational therapists". 


A typical application of these guidelines and resources may, for example, result in an individual's Behaviour Support plan, as part of a broader strategy to manage behaviours of concern, specifying the Stayput security feature only be activated during times of increased anxiety known to lead to unbuckling behaviour and deactivated when calm is restored. Furthermore, a plan may endeavour to reduce the frequency of use of the security feature over time through travel training aimed at developing an occupant’s skills in the independent and safe use of seat belts. 


Information resources for transporting people with a disability who display behaviours of concern

Transport guidelines

  1. AS/NZS 4370:2013 Restraint of children with disabilities, or medical conditions, in motor vehicles https://infostore.saiglobal.com/store/details.aspx?ProductID=1624921
  2. TranSPOT – Previously a special interest group of SPOTonDD assisting with transport enquires. Ceased operating in 2017, however the Transport Safety Guidelines for People with a Disability developed by this group will continue to be available on the SPOTonDD website.  http://spotondd.org.au/Archive_28_July_2014/TranSPOT_SafetyGuide.pdf
  3. Department of Health and Human Services, State Government of Victoria, "Transportation of children with disabilities who display behaviours of concern - Clinical reasoning guide for occupational therapists", https://providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/transportation-children-disabilities-who-display-behaviours-concern-word
  4. Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmanian Government, "Fact Sheet - Safe transportation of people with behaviours of concern", http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/disability/projects/senior_practitioner/fact_sheet_-_safe_transportation_of_people_with_behaviours_of_concern
  5.  Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, the Government of South Australia, "Assisting a Person to Transit in a Vehicle - SWI 001 2017", Sourced on 29th Jan 2018, http://www.dcsi.sa.gov.au/services/disability-services/safe-work-instructions/assisting-a-person-to-transit-in-a-vehicle

Restrictive practices

  1. National Framework for Reducing and Eliminating the Use of Restrictive Practices in the Disability Service Sector - https://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/publications-articles/policy-research/national-framework-for-reducing-and-eliminating-the-use-of-restrictive-practices-in-the-disability-service-sector
  2. NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework - https://www.dss.gov.au/disability-and-carers/programs-services/for-people-with-disability/ndis-quality-and-safeguarding-framework-0
  3. Elder Abuse—A National Legal Response (ALRC Report 131), Aged Care restrictive practices https://www.alrc.gov.au/publications/restrictive-practices-0
  4. State/Territory based information

ACT - http://www.actosp.org.au/

NT - http://digitallibrary.health.nt.gov.au/prodjspui/bitstream/10137/1155/4/NT%20Quality%20and%20Safeguarding%20Framework.pdf

NSW - https://www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/sp/delivering_disability_services/behaviour_support_services/behaviour_support_policy_and_practice_manual

QLD - https://www.communities.qld.gov.au/disability/key-projects/positive-behaviour-support/centre-excellence-clinical-innovation-behaviour-support

SA - http://www.dcsi.sa.gov.au/services/disability-sa/office-of-the-senior-practitioner ; http://www.opa.sa.gov.au/resources/restrictive_practices

TAS - http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/disability/senior_practitioner

VIC - http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/documents-and-resources/policies,-guidelines-and-legislation/behaviour-support-planning-practice-guide-senior-practitioner

WA - http://www.disability.wa.gov.au/disability-service-providers-/for-disability-service-providers/services-for-disability-sector-organisations/positive-behaviour-strategy/