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Like-minded organisations in pursuit of restraint-free services

Restraint Reduction Network Steering Group

The Restraint Reduction Network Steering Group includes representation from all relevant government departments, professional bodies, regulators, as well as leading academics and practitioners in the sector. The group’s responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing the development of new training quality standards to ensure the safe use and reduction in the use of restrictive practices
  • Overseeing the development of the RRN community
  • Developing organisational and individual self-assessment tools to facilitate reduction in restrictive practices
  • Overseeing the annual RRN conference to share research and best practice across the sector.

Members of the group include:

Royal College of Psychiatrists ADASS BILD NAPICU
Royal College of Nursing Respond British Institute of Human Rights Caring Solutions
British Psychological Society NHSi VODG NHS Confederation MH network
Department for Education EHRC Certitude National College of Policing
NHS England CQC Cygnet Edge Hill University
Department for Health and Social Care Ofsted Crisis Prevention Institute Tizard Centre
HEE MIND SW London NHS People with lived experience and families

Our terms of reference can be downloaded here.


The Restraint Reduction Network operates sub-groups, details of which can be found below: 

Sub-group Chair Contact
Research Subgroup Professor Joy Duxbury
Training Standards subgroup Sarah Leitch
Conference and Webinar Subgroup Sarah Leitch (interim)

For administrative support to the subgroups, contact Charity Foulkes:

Expert Advisors

The Restraint Reduction Network has appointed expert advisors in specialist areas of restraint reduction to provide advice and support to ensure RRN programmes are in line with the current evidence base and best practice. 

Jennifer Kilcoyne, Specialist Advisor for England

Read Jennifer’s biog here>

Dr Kevin Ann Huckshorn, International Specialist Advisor

Read Kevin’s biog here>