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Author Archives: Kelly Harrison

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 »

Restraint Reduction Network responds to inadequate CQC rating at Cranmore and Stepping Stones residential care homes

This week we have witnessed news of two residential services, Cranmore and Stepping Stones in Kent, that have been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission. Amongst the service failings were a heavy reliance on Blanket Restrictions.   Blanket restrictions are a little talked about form of restrictive practice. Often, we spend much time focusing on ‘bigger’, more obvious forms of ... Read More »

Winterbourne View 10 years on

A young girl’s poem embodies the continued need for change The 31st May 2021 marked the 10th anniversary of the Winterbourne View scandal, which uncovered the horrific abuses that took place in a private hospital for people with learning disabilities. Over the last 10 years we have heard of more scandals and we have increasingly become aware of the need ... Read More »

We are recruiting Trustees

The Restraint Reduction Network is a new and already highly respected charity leading a culture change movement to eliminate the unnecessary use of restrictive practices. We work to create a culture of respect for the human rights of all people involved in education, health and social care services across the UK. We are looking for trustees to come and join ... Read More »

The Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards Webinar series

April 1 will mark 2 years since the launch of the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards. From April 2021, the Care Quality Commission will expect all services across health and social care to only use training in restrictive practices that is certified as complying with the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards (more information about this can be viewed in this letter ... Read More »

Tribunal decision finds the use of restraint at a residential school amounted to unlawful discrimination

Whilst attending a Scottish Residential School a young, vulnerable autistic female diagnosed with ADHD and a learning disability was restrained numerous times by school staff. The young girl’s additional physical health needs meant that any restraint could cause breathing difficulties and be life threatening. Evidence presented to the tribunal shows she was restrained frequently in the prone position (on one occasion ... Read More »