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Author Archives: Kelly Harrison

Free webinar ‘What’s in a name: seclusion, isolation, long term segregation or solitary confinement?’

We are pleased to announce this free webinar, taking place at 12.30pm on Tuesday 28 February.  ‘What’s in a name: seclusion, isolation, long term segregation or solitary confinement?’ will explore the similarities and differences between solitary confinement, seclusion, isolation and long term segregation in light of the current review of the Mental Health Act and the forthcoming Long Term Segregation ... Read More »

The RRN is developing a new version of the training standards and we want to hear from you

The Restraint Reduction Network has worked with Health Education England to produce a set of ethical training standards that protect human rights and support the minimisation of restrictive practices. The Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards apply to all training that has a restrictive intervention component and provides a national and international benchmark for training in supporting people who are distressed in ... Read More »

RRN Conference 2022 – Working Together to Change Culture: reducing restraint in health, social care, and education.

Our annual Restraint Reduction Network conference was held in Birmingham last week, bringing together people with lived experience, family carers, practitioners and professionals united in our mission to change culture and reduce the use of restrictive practices. The voice of lived experience was prominent throughout this year’s conference, and 50% of our speakers were people with lived experience. These powerful ... Read More »

RRN welcomes the Care Quality Commission (CQC) ‘Who I Am Matters’ report

The “Who I Am Matters” report looks at the experiences of people with a learning disability and autistic people while in hospital and recognises that for too long people with learning disabilities and autistic people have not been able to access the care and support they need. The authors listened to the experiences of people with learning disabilities, autistic people, ... Read More »

Restraint Reduction Network responds to Sky News and The Independent investigation into Huntercombe Group

This week, Sky News and The Independent published the findings of an investigation into the experiences of children and young people who were inpatients at units run by the Huntercombe Group. The Restraint Reduction Network is saddened by the report, which describes failings over more than a decade at five different inpatient units.  The findings detail a lack of therapeutic ... Read More »

RRN Post Incident Debriefing guidance published by Plena Inclusion in Spain

The Restraint Reduction Network is pleased that Plena Inclusion, Spain, has recently published a Spanish-language translation of our Post Incident Debriefing guidance – Guía de debriefing post-incidente – Plena inclusión (plenainclusion.org) Post Incident Debriefing is an essential strategy for reducing restrictive practices. Post Incident Debriefing helps people in health care settings, and the staff that support them, to receive the emotional support ... Read More »

RRN responds to Dispatches exposure of Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Just a week after the Panorama exposure of the Edenfield Centre, in which the shocking treatment of patients was reported, we are saddened to witness another example of poor and unacceptable health care in Britain. The latest Channel 4 Dispatches documentary features the Essex Partnership University Trust and spotlights the continuing safety concerns highlighted for the past 10 years by ... Read More »

The Restraint Reduction Network is pleased to announce some of the fantastic speakers that will be presenting at this year’s conference.

This year’s theme is Working Together to Change Culture: reducing restraint in health, social care and education. We believe that by working together we – people with lived experience, family carers, practitioners and professionals – can change culture and reduce the use of restrictive practices. We’re delighted to announce that our 2022 conference programme features a range of experts by ... Read More »

The RRN response to the Panorama exposure of abuse at Edenfield Centre 

The Restraint Reduction Network (RRN), like many others, are deeply saddened by the recent Panorama footage of the Edenfield Centre near Manchester and the shocking treatment of patients such as Olivia and Harley. Mental health services should be therapeutic places of safety where people are supported. Clearly this has not been the experience of Olivia or Harley. Instead, they have been ... Read More »