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Minimising and Managing Physical Restraint

emma-sunleyEmma Sunley is the Head of Minimising and Managing Physical Restraint (MMPR) and has 17 years’ experience of restraint within a secure setting. She started as a Prison Officer and has worked through the Prison Service operational management structure to her current position as Head of MMPR. As a result she has experience of both the practical application of restraint, the managing of staff using restraint as well as the training and development of restraint packages. She has extensive knowledge of both MMPR and Control and Restraint (C&R.) She currently works for the National Tactical Response Group and leads a National Team of staff from within the National Offender Management Service (NOMS).

MMPR was designed following the deaths of two young people in custody which were directly attributed to restraint. NOMS were commissioned by the Youth Justice Board to development one safer and simpler form of restraint that would be used across the whole of the under 18 Secure Estate. The MMPR programme began its roll out in July 2012. To date all Secure Training Centres and all but one Young Offenders Institute (YOI) are using MMPR . The final YOI is programmed to go live in early 2017. On completion of this YOI it will see the removal of both C&R and PCC from the under 18 Secure Estate and all sites utilising the same system.

Emma has been with the team since the beginning of the MMPR programme in July 2012 as has managed the project since 2013. She is a current member of the Behavioural Management and Restraint Governance Board (BMRGB) on behalf of NOMS, this board is a cross departmental government body which considers issues and best practise with regards to behavioural management and restraint in any government department where restraint could occur.

Her workshop on the Thursday of this year’s conference, will provide a brief overview of Minimising and Managing Physical Restraint and  its development, an explanation of what is included in the package to attempt to reduce restraint and the steps it went through to become the approved system of restraint for the under 18 Secure Estate by the Secretary of State.

She will explain how each technique has been medically risk assessed with the use of Independent Medical Advisors and how it was the first system to be assessed in this manner, and how as a result MMPR is now impacting on the development of all restraint systems provided by NOMS. She will also explain how the continued use of Independent Advisors along with a newly implemented data collection system has allowed NOMS to continually assess and update MMPR in response to any issues or concerns and the various sources from which this information is taken.

She will discuss the importance of quality assurance and how this performed both at a local and a National Level and how this is used to support both staff using restraint and those young people who have been restrained.

As MMPR is now in its fourth year and is used in the under 18 Secure Estate consisting of Young Offenders Institutes and Secure Training Centres, MMPR has also been extended to be utilised in the Young Peoples Escort Services and Family Immigration Centres and Family Immigration Escort Services and a result she works with a number of providers in both public and private organisations. In her workshop she will consider the lessons they have learned since the implementation of MMPR with regards to the six core restraint reduction strategies:

Six Core Restraint Reduction Strategies
Strategy One: Leadership.
Strategy Two: Performance Measurement.
Strategy Three: Learning and Development.
Strategy Four: Providing Personalised Support.
Strategy Five: Communication and Customer Focus.
Strategy Six: Continuous Improvement.

On each point she will consider how important they each are in effectively reducing restraint with regards to the MMPR project.  She will discuss some of the issues she has faced with the implementation of MMPR and varying degrees of success that have been seen across the different sectors and establishments and how these link to the six strategies.

This will be concluded by a short QA sessions during which you will have the opportunity to ask Emma any questions regarding the MMPR programme.