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Author Archives: Kelly Harrison

Surveillance and the elephant in the room

The use of surveillance in health and social care settings is a complex issue. Our right to privacy is so fundamental that its value can be difficult to articulate. This analogy helps make the ethical debate real: Imagine asking members of the public to argue against the installation of cameras in their lounge rooms (Chesterman, 2017). Such is the situation ... Read More »

Restraint Reduction Network launch surveillance resources to help protect human rights

The Restraint Reduction Network, in partnership with the British Institute of Human Rights, has launched new resources aimed at helping individuals and organisations take a rights-based approach to the use of surveillance. The resources include an in depth plain English and easy-read explainer for both individuals and services, as well as a poster. They explore why surveillance might be used ... Read More »

Restraint Reduction Network launches Blanket Restrictions Toolkit in partnership with NHS England

The Restraint Reduction Network (RRN), commissioned by NHS England, has launched a co-produced Blanket Restrictions Toolkit. The Toolkit hopes to ensure rights respected care by reducing reliance on blanket restrictions. Launched at an RRN webinar with nearly 200 attendees, Alexis Quinn (RRN Manager) discussed Blanket Restrictions in detail and what can be done to address their use in our systems. ... Read More »

Restraint Reduction Network responds to Cawston Park Hospital scandal

Norfolk Adult Safeguarding Board yesterday (10th September) published its report, authored by Margaret Flynn, into the deaths of Joanna, Nicholas (known as Jon) and Ben – three adults with learning disabilities who unnecessarily died in their 30’s whilst being looked after at Cawston Park Hospital. The RRN has responded in full here. Cawston Park Hospital is part of the Jeesal Akman ... Read More »

Save the Date for the Restraint Reduction Network Conference 2021

The Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) team is excited to announce that the date and location for this year’s RRN Conference are now confirmed. The conference will be taking place on 30 November to 1 December at The Queens Hotel in Leeds in-person and virtually. Inequalities and Restrictive Practices This year, our theme is exploring inequalities and restrictive practices. In a ... Read More »

Restraint Reduction Network responds to Baroness Hollins’ thematic review and recommendations into long-term segregation (LTS)

The Restraint Reduction Network calls for the immediate safety and protection of vulnerable people in LTS. The Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) has today (21 July 2021) welcomed recommendations made by Baroness Hollins, Chair of the Independent Care (Education) and Treatment Review into the long-term segregation (LTS) of people with a learning disability and autistic people in inpatient settings[1] calling for ... Read More »

Restraint Reduction Network welcomes launch of landmark Reducing Restrictive Practice Framework in Wales

The Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) has today (19 July 2021) welcomed the Welsh Government’s launch of the Reducing Restrictive Practice Framework (RRPF) in Wales as a ‘major milestone,’ calling for a strong and transparent implementation plan to be in place for Autumn 2021 to support the roll-out required across health, education and social care settings in Wales.[1] The RRN is ... Read More »

Come and join our Board of Trustees!

Have you experienced Restraint or Restrictive Practices? The Restraint Reduction Network would like to recruit a Trustee with direct lived experience to its Board. For more information please watch the video and/or read the job advert. To apply, please send a CV, reference, audio file or video file to by no later than July 31.   Watch the video ... Read More »

The RRN responds to the Equality and Human Rights Commission report into restraint in schools

The Restraint Reduction Network welcomes the Equality and Human Rights Commission report into restraint in schools (EHRC, June 2021) and supports its recommendations to: Ensure the monitoring of restraint used in schools should have the same priority as the monitoring of school exclusions Develop national training standards for restraint. The standards “should take a human rights approach to minimising the ... Read More »