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Like-minded organisations in pursuit of restraint-free services

Welcome to the Restraint Reduction NetworkTM



Many people who need the support of education, health or social care services are subject to coercive or restrictive practices. Despite a lack of evidence that these practices achieve positive outcomes for service users or staff, their use remains a reality.

There is widespread concern that such approaches are not always used as a last resort, are misused or abused, and represent a potential breach of human rights—particularly when used with individuals who are unable to speak out about their experiences.

Even when coercive or restrictive approaches are used as an appropriate response to maintain safety, it is accepted that the potential negative outcomes, including physical and psychosocial trauma, can lead to fragmented therapeutic relationships and inequalities of care and support.

The Restraint Reduction NetworkTM (RRN) is an independent network which brings together committed organisations providing education, health and social care services for people who may challenge. The network has an ambitious vision to deliver restraint-free care and support and make a real difference in the lives of people who use services.

Join the Network and pledge your support:

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Statement clarifying the relationship between the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) and the Restraint Reduction NetworkTM (RRN)

In 2014 the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) joined with other key figures in the sector to establish the Restraint Reduction NetworkTM (RRN). The RRN operates independently of CPI in its aim to facilitate the spread of best practice and access to guidance on restraint reduction. The RRN aims to achieve full financial independence from CPI by the end of 2016.