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Launch of new animation to support understanding of behaviour in the early years and reduce the use of restrictive practice

A new co-produced animation has launched from the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), in collaboration with the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, The Sleep Charity and parents / carers.

This new animation aims to help inform the practice of health, education and social care professionals to raise awareness and understanding of behaviour in the early years and what restrictive practice looks like in the under 5s. In addition, the animation reiterates the importance of respectful, behavioural support strategies that safeguard the rights of young children with disabilities.

This co-produced animation shares the voices of parents/ carers through one family’s journey. The animation is supported by a range of new resources specifically for health visitors that collate information about understanding behaviour and using appropriate interventions, and to offer alternatives to restrictive practices.

You can view the animation here:
To find out more about these resources and accompanying training to support practice please contact