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Towards Safer Services – Draft National Minimum Standards for Organisational Restraint Reduction Plans

Towards Safer Services are the Draft National Minimum Standards for Organisational Restraint Reduction Plans. The Standards aim to encourage services and clinicians to review practices and philosophies of person centred care and support in order to maximise the rights of everyone, including wellbeing and safety and to develop an organisational approach to reducing restrictive practices.

These Standards were designed to provide support and guidance for organisations to develop strategic restraint reduction plans.  They aim to complement the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards that provide a framework for training providers who provide training that has a restrictive intervention component. The components of training are set out in the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018.

Organisations that commission training in restrictive interventions for staff and training providers must work together and share relevant information to ensure the right training is delivered and the underpinning organisational culture is one of prevention and support for human rights.

Towards Safer Services was originally developed for health services but the principles have relevance for social care and education.

This short survey aims to find out the extent of the applicability to other sectors in its current form and where adaptions need to be made to support wider use. The survey will run until the end of May 2020. 
Thank you very much for your time and contribution towards improving these Standards.