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Author Archives: Kelly Harrison

The Restraint Reduction Network Responds to Panorama’s Investigation of Whorlton Hall

Whilst the UK has many excellent services providing person-centred therapeutic care, there have been too many shocking scandals exposing the unnecessary and inappropriate use of restrictive interventions. The abuse and ‘psychological torture’ exposed at Whorlton Hall in last night’s Panorama is appalling. It is deeply disturbing that modern society fails to better protect the most fundamental human rights of the ... Read More »

Restraint Reduction Network response to CQC thematic review

We welcome the focus on human rights in the CQC thematic review. Too many people with learning disabilities and/or autism live in institutions not homes, and are subject to shocking levels of restrictions – many of them children. We agree with both the Children’s Commissioner and CQC that have this week called for system change. We need a system that ... Read More »

Government called to end use of pain compliance techniques and solitary confinement of detained children

A report produced by the UK Parliament’s Human Rights Committee has concluded that the Government has been in contravention of the Human Rights Act by sanctioning both the use of restraint techniques which induce pain and the solitary confinement of children in detention. The committee has called for an end to such practices. The committee considered the arrangements currently in place ... Read More »

Reducing Restraint: Working with families

I welcome the publication of the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards. Not only will the Standards provide the support and training needed for people delivering support in services, but they could also have a significant impact for loved ones caring for family members or friends at home. The Training Standards are important because trainers can then train support teams and ... Read More »

Charities call for ban on use of painful restraint techniques on children

The BBC has reported ministers are under growing pressure to ban the painful headlocks, wrist and arm twists that can be used to control children’s behaviour in youth prisons. The report stated the national inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) had recently concluded “pain compliance” measures were child abuse and should be outlawed. And the Equalities and Human Rights Commission ... Read More »

Patient and visitor aggression in healthcare: the nurse managers’ perspective (United Kingdom)

Patient and visitor aggression (PVA) is of global concern and includes all verbal or physical behaviours from patients or visitors that threaten, attack or injure a person (psychologically and/or physically).  The International Research Collaboration on Clinical Aggression (iRCCA) is conducting a study to gain an overview and compare the current situation regarding PVA in mental health and general hospitals in ... Read More »

New Training Standards to reduce use of restraint for most vulnerable in society

New Training Standards have been launched today (1 Apr) by the Restraint Reduction Network to reduce the use of restrictive practices for some of the most vulnerable people in society. Commissioned by NHS, the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards 2019 provide a national and international benchmark for training in supporting people who are distressed in education, health and social care ... Read More »

We need to talk about restraint

This film from Health Education England tells the stories of 3 people who have been impacted by restrictive practices. Please notes, this video contains content that many viewers may find upsetting.   We Need to Talk About Restraint from BILD communications on Vimeo. Take action and join us as we seek to reduce unnecessary restrictive practices. Sign up for updates ... Read More »

Notes from the authors: Jim Ridley

 “Be the change you wish to see in the world” Mahatma Ghandi (Date Unknown) When we began discussing the RRN Training Standards we wanted to make sure that they would represent the changes required to support effective, safe and respectful training. However, this had to mean so much more than just making sure that training was safe and effective. It ... Read More »

Reflections from a trainer: Lee Hollins

I have delivered training to learning disability settings for over 20 years. This has included sessions covering primary proactive preventative measures as well as secondary reactive reductive interventions aimed at calming and de-escalating people who are experiencing rising distress. I have also delivered sessions covering tertiary protective interventions. These sessions cover the use of physical techniques which are only deployed ... Read More »