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Notes from the authors: Jim Ridley

 “Be the change you wish to see in the world”

Mahatma Ghandi (Date Unknown)

When we began discussing the RRN Training Standards we wanted to make sure that they would represent the changes required to support effective, safe and respectful training.

However, this had to mean so much more than just making sure that training was safe and effective. It meant listening and seeing what training offers to all, what learning can create in terms of conversation and vision.

That vision, that conversation starts with “people”, or “individuals”, and we wanted to make sure they were clearly represented. What supported us was the opportunity to use and embed a human rights approach within the Training Standards and be the foundation to them rather than as a lone standard.

Opening the dialogue of a human rights-based focus enabled us to see that there are many individuals whose rights need to be considered and protected, but also “heard!”. The voice of the individual with lived experience is a prominent aspect of the Standards as we needed to support a shift that was beginning to occur in services about power and understanding. This also opened the door for all to be heard and therefore respecting everyone is a key aspect of the Standards.

One of my favourite quotes (other than the one above) is this;

“If all you have in your tool box is a hammer, all the world looks like a nail.”

Abraham Maslow (Date Unknown)

The Standards are a way to acknowledge the range of “tools” that are available, including understanding the person, restraint reduction and recognising what approaches are suitable and supportive to those who may require support or who are tasked with providing the support.

Jim Ridley, Co-author of the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards