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Author Archives: Kelly Harrison

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 »

Our response to the Mental Health Act reform White Paper

The Restraint Reduction Network are delighted about the publication of the Mental Health Act White Paper. For a long time we have been advocating for the reduction of the use of restrictive practices. This document will go some way to addressing the inequalities people are suffering at the hands of outdated practice, cultures and legislation. We hope that the White ... Read More »

CQC Closed Cultures review: how you can support the review

The Restraint Reduction Network is looking to engage community based rehabilitation services and the people and families that use their services. We need your support in engaging people with lived experience to inform and feed into the CQC Closed Cultures review. What we can offer: An exciting opportunity for the people and families that use services to directly shape the way CQC inspectors ... Read More »

Our new projects, and how you can get involved

The Restraint Reduction Network has been commissioned by NHS England, and are working on, two important projects that you can support, contribute to and share your good practice. 1. A framework for identifying and minimising blanket restrictions We are developing a framework for identifying and minimising the use of blanket restrictions: we know the use of this kind of restriction ... Read More »

Alexis Quinn appointed as RRN Manager/ Coordinator

We are delighted to welcome Alexis Quinn to the Restraint Reduction Network staff team in our new RRN Manager/ Coordinator role. We look forward to working with Alexis, who will be the operational lead and coordinator for RRN’s work. Alexis is a mother, educator, author and a person with lived experience. She knows first hand how traumatic restraint, seclusion and ... Read More »

Chair of the RRN, Professor Joy Duxbury, is awarded OBE

We are delighted to congratulate Professor Joy Duxbury, Chair of the Restraint Reduction Network, on being awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list for her contributions to mental health research, practice and policy.  As a professor at Manchester Metropolitan University in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, and the university’s research lead in Mental Health, Prof ... Read More »