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Conference 2019

Conference 2019

Reducing the use of restrictive practices is a significant part of protecting and respecting people’s human rights. It’s everybody’s responsibility to ensure their use is minimised.

This conference is a meeting point for people who want to learn from each other about how to best support vulnerable people without needing to resort to applying unnecessary restraints and restrictions that have a traumatic impact on everyone.

This event has international and UK based speakers who will present both new ideas and review existing practices at both the individual and organisational level, and who will also remind us of the importance of our endeavours. There will be a wide range of practice based workshops to inspire and create debate.

We looking forward to welcoming a wide range of speakers, some of whom are listed below:

  • Janice LeBel, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
  • Bruce Adamson, Children’s Commissioner, Scotland
  • Petra Bjorne, Lund University, Sweden
  • Dr Rebecca Fish, Lancaster University, England
  • Dr Rory Sheeran, University College, England


Click ‘book now’ to view the whole programme for the conference.

The programme will also include practical workshops on organisational interventions, service interventions, schools and children and young people, services for older people, specific practices and collaborative interventions involving families and people with lived experience.

Where and When?

This year’s conference will take place from the 12-13 November 2019 in Bristol. Our venue is the Bristol Marriott in the City Centre.

Event Price

Two day conference attendance:

BILD/RRN members: £434.00 per person + VAT*

Non-members: £479.00 per person+ VAT

Group Organisation Member (min 3 people): £411.50 per person + VAT

One day conference attendance:

BILD/RRN Member: £220.50 per person per day + VAT

Non-members: £245 + VAT 

Group Organisation Member (min 3 people): £208.25 per person per day

*Early bird offer for RRN and BILD members – book for two days by 16 September at 23:59 and get 5% extra off the membership price. Early bird discount does not apply to the day delegate price or to non-members. 

It is free to join the restraint reduction network. Simply take the pledge here.


Delegates will need to book their own accommodation. BILD has negotiated a special rate for delegates who wish to book accommodation at the conference hotel – Bristol Marriott City Centre. Rooms must be booked before 30 September to use this rate. Click here to book your accommodation.

B&B Rate: £131.00 per room per night (single occupancy) inc. VAT

Access Presentation Slides

A delegate pack containing a programme and evaluation form will be available on the day of the conference.   

In the interests of environmental sustainability we will not be providing printed copies of the keynote presentations. Click here to access the presentations as they become available for you to download.