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Author Archives: Kelly Harrison

Team Beth – The Solution to Lock-down Blues

I am so proud to be parent to Bethany, an amazing 19 year-old whose story of inappropriate restraint and seclusion made national and international news headlines. I campaigned for 3 years to have Beth’s autism needs met in a way other than through long term segregation and seclusion in inpatient Mental Health units. Due to the horrific facts uncovered surrounding ... Read More »

Comment on the potential impact of Covid-19

Clearly these are particularly difficult times for health, social care, and education services. There is a need to balance safety and risk with the maintenance of quality of life and wellbeing for vulnerable populations and the staff that support them. We would expect that all those committed to restraint reduction will continue to support people in advising the sector how ... Read More »

Our membership is changing

We are evolving the Restraint Reduction Network pledge to reflect the proactive and action-centred approach needed across sectors to see real, tangible change happen. It will demonstrate more clearly a commitment to shaping a global, least-restrictive culture and upholding human rights across sectors. This is because each individual and organisation member will now submit actions they commit to taking over ... Read More »

Response to ‘Reducing Restrictive Intervention of Children and Young People’ report

The Reducing Restrictive Intervention of Children and Young People report has been launched. This report shows that far too many vulnerable children are being physically and psychologically harmed in UK schools through the use of restraint. Restraint results from a failure to meet needs and is a failure of care. There is an urgent need to ensure staff are trained ... Read More »

Positive and Safe Network Events, March 2020

The Restraint Reduction Network has partnered with the Positive and Safe Network, which was re-established in November 2018. The Network was originally established by Guy Cross and Ben Thomas in the Department of Health for health care providers.  The network hosts events each quarter in different locations around the country to think together about a variety of topics to share ... Read More »

Positive and Safe Network Events, December 2019

The Restraint Reduction Network is pleased to announce its partnership with the Positive and Safe Network. The The Positive and Safe Network was re-established in November 2018 after a question was raised about whether health care providers would be interested in re-establishing the network previously run by Guy Cross and Ben Thomas in the Department of Health. The response was ... Read More »

Implement the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards with this new benchmarking tool

The launch of the new Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards has been one of the most significant changes to training design, development and delivery in the last 30 years. In particular, to those training programmes that focus on the prevention and management of distress and behaviours of concern. For the very first time a national training baseline has been established. ... Read More »