VODG endorses the publication of cross sector training standards to minimise restrictive practices

The Restraint Reduction Network standards provide a national and international benchmark for training in supporting people who are distressed in education, health and social care settings. The Standards will ensure training is directly related and proportional to the needs of populations and individual people. They will also ensure training is delivered by competent and experienced training professionals who can evidence knowledge and skills that go far beyond the application of physical restraint.

VODG endorses these standards which:

  • Protect people’s fundamental human rights and promote person centred best interest and therapeutic approaches to supporting people when they are distressed.
  • Reduce reliance on restrictive practices by promoting positive culture and practice that focuses on prevention, de-escalation and reflective practice to minimise use of restrictive practices.
  • Increase focus on prevention, understanding of the root causes of behaviour and recognition that many behaviours are the result of distress due to unmet needs.
  • Improve staff skills and confidence in how to keep people safe in crisis and to better understand how to meet people’s needs in order to prevent crisis situations.
  • Improve the quality of life and protect the fundamental human rights of people at risk of being restrained and those supporting them.
  • Where required, focus on the safe use of restrictive interventions including physical restraint.

Read the standards here. Find out more about the Restraint Reduction Network here.