The Health Information and Quality Authority has found "significant use of restrictive practices" including the use of closed-circuit television cameras in resident apartments and in a resident's bedroom at a designated centre for people with disabilities.

The inspection report is one of 25 published today by HIQA.

Of these, inspectors found a good level of compliance with the regulations and standards in 17 centres.

However, inspectors found non-compliance in two Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services centres, including SVC- SDN located in north Dublin.

The Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services Company Limited by Guarantee is the registered provider.

SVC - SDN provides residential care and supports to 11 residents with complex needs, mental health diagnoses and behaviours of concern.

HIQA says there were "mixed findings" from the announced inspection.

Overall, the inspector observed that residents were supported in a sensitive and kind manner by staff members and responded to in a timely manner.

However, the inspection identified a number of concerns including the use of restrictive practices, the management of behaviours of concern, the manner in which residents were supported to exercise their personal rights and the management of risk.

The report notes the use of closed-circuit television cameras in resident apartments and in a resident's bedroom.

It says the inspector was not assured that appropriate consideration had been given to the individual rights of residents as outlined in Article 14 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

There was significant use of restrictive practices in the centre which primarily included "environmental restraints".

The inspector found that the individual justifications for, or risks associated with, the use of some of these restrictions were unclear.

The report says restrictions were not applied in line with national guidelines and in many cases the use of these restrictions was not recorded or logged.

HIQA says the restrictions were found to have a significant impact on the freedom of movement and civil liberties of residents.

While a number of trials on the reduction of restrictions were underway at the time of the inspection, some of them were "ongoing for prolonged periods of time with no action taken as a result".

The inspector also did a "walk through" in part of the centre.

Certain parts were deemed to be 'in crisis' and as a result the inspector did not enter these areas.

While some parts of the centre were found to be in reasonable condition, others were not maintained to an appropriate standard.

There were broken tiles in bathrooms, stains to floors, walls marked and dirty on occasions and a broken toilet seat in one resident bathroom had not been replaced.

Overall, the inspector found that the premises of the centre were not designed or laid out in line with the statement of purpose and did not meet the individual needs of residents.

The report says that in some cases, the internal space available to individual residents was limited and sufficient outdoor space was not available for some residents.

The inspector reviewed the centre's staffing arrangements and found that there were sufficient numbers of staff with the right skills and qualifications to meet the needs of residents.

The report says family members informed HIQA that residents were happy with the service they were in receipt of and were very complimentary of the staff and management teams.

They reported that staff members regularly engaged with them and always placed a priority on the individual needs of residents.