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Author Archives: Kelly Harrison

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 »

New Guidance published on Reducing Restrictive Interventions for Children

Yesterday (27/06/19), the Government published the long awaited ‘Reducing the Need for Restraint and Restrictive Intervention’ which covers children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions and mental health difficulties in health and social care services and special education settings. The guidance follows on from the Positive and Proactive guidance published by the Department of Health in 2014. ... Read More »

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 »