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RRN workshop at Plena Inclusion Congress in Seville

Last weekend (26-27, Professor Edwin Jones and Sarah Leitch led a workshop How do we put people back in control? Eliminating Restrictive Practices with Inés Guerrero Bueno and Laura Garrido from Plena Inclusion at the Plena Inclusion Congress in Seville. Over 50 people attended the workshop, many were self-advocates fighting to increase the rights of people with disabilities within their ... Read More »

Launch of new HOPE(S) Qualifications to reduce the use of long-term segregation

This autumn, we were pleased to welcome our first cohort of learners onto two new HOPE(S) qualifications, delivered in partnership with NHS Mersey Care. We are proud to be working with Mersey Care delivering the first qualifications of this kind: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Certificate in the HOPE(S) Specialist Practice to Reduce Long Term Segregation (SRF) Pearson BTEC Level 5 ... Read More »

The RRN is developing a new version of the training standards and we want to hear from you

The Restraint Reduction Network has worked with Health Education England to produce a set of ethical training standards that protect human rights and support the minimisation of restrictive practices. The Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards apply to all training that has a restrictive intervention component and provides a national and international benchmark for training in supporting people who are distressed in ... Read More »

RRN Conference 2022 – Working Together to Change Culture: reducing restraint in health, social care, and education.

Our annual Restraint Reduction Network conference was held in Birmingham last week, bringing together people with lived experience, family carers, practitioners and professionals united in our mission to change culture and reduce the use of restrictive practices. The voice of lived experience was prominent throughout this year’s conference, and 50% of our speakers were people with lived experience. These powerful ... Read More »

RRN welcomes the Care Quality Commission (CQC) ‘Who I Am Matters’ report

The “Who I Am Matters” report looks at the experiences of people with a learning disability and autistic people while in hospital and recognises that for too long people with learning disabilities and autistic people have not been able to access the care and support they need. The authors listened to the experiences of people with learning disabilities, autistic people, ... Read More »

Restraint Reduction Network responds to Sky News and The Independent investigation into Huntercombe Group

This week, Sky News and The Independent published the findings of an investigation into the experiences of children and young people who were inpatients at units run by the Huntercombe Group. The Restraint Reduction Network is saddened by the report, which describes failings over more than a decade at five different inpatient units.  The findings detail a lack of therapeutic ... Read More »

RRN Post Incident Debriefing guidance published by Plena Inclusion in Spain

The Restraint Reduction Network is pleased that Plena Inclusion, Spain, has recently published a Spanish-language translation of our Post Incident Debriefing guidance – Guía de debriefing post-incidente – Plena inclusión ( Post Incident Debriefing is an essential strategy for reducing restrictive practices. Post Incident Debriefing helps people in health care settings, and the staff that support them, to receive the emotional support ... Read More »

RRN responds to Dispatches exposure of Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Just a week after the Panorama exposure of the Edenfield Centre, in which the shocking treatment of patients was reported, we are saddened to witness another example of poor and unacceptable health care in Britain. The latest Channel 4 Dispatches documentary features the Essex Partnership University Trust and spotlights the continuing safety concerns highlighted for the past 10 years by ... Read More »

The Restraint Reduction Network is pleased to announce some of the fantastic speakers that will be presenting at this year’s conference.

This year’s theme is Working Together to Change Culture: reducing restraint in health, social care and education. We believe that by working together we – people with lived experience, family carers, practitioners and professionals – can change culture and reduce the use of restrictive practices. We’re delighted to announce that our 2022 conference programme features a range of experts by ... Read More »