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Author Archives: Kelly Harrison

Leading panel of Children’s Commissioners discuss protection of children from restraint and seclusion in school

Our Restraint Reduction Conference held in Leeds and virtually at the end of last month featured a panel of Children’s Commissioners or their representatives from across the UK, looking at the use of restraint in schools. Chaired by Sir Norman Lamb, RRN Patron and Chair of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, the panel explored issues relating to the ... Read More »

Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) welcomes launch of new Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 statutory guidance

A new landmark piece of legislation – known as Seni’s Law – regarding the use of force in mental health units has been launched today (7 December 2021) by Gillian Keegan MP; Minister of State for Care and Mental Health; Steve Reed MP and Aji Lewis, mother of Seni – a 23-year-old black man who died after being restrained by ... Read More »

Launch of new animation to support understanding of behaviour in the early years and reduce the use of restrictive practice

A new co-produced animation has launched from the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), in collaboration with the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, The Sleep Charity and parents / carers. This new animation aims to help inform the practice of health, education and social care professionals to raise awareness and understanding of behaviour in the early years and what restrictive practice looks like ... Read More »

Could you be our new chair of RRN’s board of trustees?

Are you an experienced leader who could work in partnership with our Chief Executive to lead the Restraint Reduction Network (RRN)? We are a leading charity championing a restraint reduction movement to prevent the unnecessary use of restrictive practices. Do you have a good understanding of education, health and social care sectors and experience of working directly with people with ... Read More »

Have you watched the BBC programme Don’t Exclude Me?

The BBC documentary series Don’t Exclude Me, which has now aired two episodes, follows the school experiences of Oscar and Jack. It depicts the daily reality for many children with additional needs, including the unnecessary use of judgemental and coercive language, public shaming and restraint. Both boys are at risk of exclusion due to poor inclusion practices. A lack of ... Read More »

First of its kind! Autistic and Expecting book launched sharing the voices of more than 50 autistic parents

A new book, Autistic and Expecting, written by Restraint Reduction Network Manager and autism campaigner Alexis Quinn, aims to empower autistic parents with vital information and strategies to help parental bonding and provide advice for early parenting. Autistic and Expecting is the first book of its kind, written specifically for autistic parents as a wonderfully positive, affirming and informative resource ... Read More »

Restraint Reduction Network joins with British Institute of Human Rights for webinar on rights-based surveillance – Book Now

“How would you respond if the Government mandated that CCTV should be installed in every room in your house, including your bedroom, with the aim of promoting your health and protecting you from harm? You might be outraged or even set to the streets to protest. We all have a fundamental right to privacy.” Those are the words of Alexis ... Read More »

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 National Quality Improvement Taskforce

In autumn 2019, a National Quality Improvement Taskforce was established to improve current specialist children and young people’s inpatient mental health, autism and learning disability services in England. The Taskforce seeks to make a rapid set of improvements in care, with delivery of the programme by March 2022. These resources were commissioned from the Restraint Reduction Network by the Taskforce ... Read More »