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Author Archives: Kelly Harrison

Guest blog: Swansea Bay Mental Health and Learning Disability Delivery Unit on why the Restraint Reduction Network Pledge is important to them

Written by Paula Hopes, Learning Disability Nurse Consultant for Swansea Bay Mental Health and Learning Disability Delivery Unit. As a delivery unit we have been working on a multi-faceted approach to reducing restrictive practice, we keenly anticipate the messages from Welsh Government which will come with the reducing restrictive practice framework when it is launched later this year and it ... Read More »

Towards Safer Services – Draft National Minimum Standards for Organisational Restraint Reduction Plans

Towards Safer Services are the Draft National Minimum Standards for Organisational Restraint Reduction Plans. The Standards aim to encourage services and clinicians to review practices and philosophies of person centred care and support in order to maximise the rights of everyone, including wellbeing and safety and to develop an organisational approach to reducing restrictive practices.These Standards were designed to provide ... Read More »

Team Beth – The Solution to Lock-down Blues

I am so proud to be parent to Bethany, an amazing 19 year-old whose story of inappropriate restraint and seclusion made national and international news headlines. I campaigned for 3 years to have Beth’s autism needs met in a way other than through long term segregation and seclusion in inpatient Mental Health units. Due to the horrific facts uncovered surrounding ... Read More »

Comment on the potential impact of Covid-19

Clearly these are particularly difficult times for health, social care, and education services. There is a need to balance safety and risk with the maintenance of quality of life and wellbeing for vulnerable populations and the staff that support them. We would expect that all those committed to restraint reduction will continue to support people in advising the sector how ... Read More »

Our membership is changing

We are evolving the Restraint Reduction Network pledge to reflect the proactive and action-centred approach needed across sectors to see real, tangible change happen. It will demonstrate more clearly a commitment to shaping a global, least-restrictive culture and upholding human rights across sectors. This is because each individual and organisation member will now submit actions they commit to taking over ... Read More »