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The use of restraint on children in secure children’s home

Commenting in The Guardian on the use of restraint on children in secure children’s homes, Dave Hill, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“Children and young people living in secure children’s homes are incredibly vulnerable and some can present with very challenging behaviours that will sometimes require the use of restraint. DfE guidance is absolutely clear in that, restraint should only be used where absolutely necessary and should be reasonable and proportionate to the circumstances; restraint that deliberately inflicts pain should never be used on children. Staff in secure children’s homes are trained in the safe use of restraint and are permitted to use this when, for example, there is a severe and immediate risk to the safety of other children living within the home, to staff or to the young person themselves, but only as a last resort. As part of their training staff should be taught de-escalation techniques, including the use of verbal warnings, which should always be used to avoid the need to use restrictive physical intervention wherever possible.”


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