The Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) welcomes the increased focus on restraint reduction across the NHS and adult social care in the UK.
There is growing recognition among professional bodies and government departments (and arm’s length bodies) that whilst the use of any kind of restraint may on rare occasions be necessary to keep people safe, it is also traumatic and must be minimised in therapeutic settings. The number of organisations endorsing these standards is testament to this.
Providing high quality evidence based support to adults and children with mental health conditions, learning disabilities, autistic people, and people living with dementia, across education, health and social care settings, is a highly skilled activity. The workforce do an important and challenging job (that requires balancing risk, welfare, and safety) and sometimes require specialist specialist training to understand and meet the needs of the people they are supporting so people are less likely to become distressed, but they also need training in how to support people when they are distressed.