New Guidance on Restraint

Sent on behalf of the Department of Health and the Department for Education:


Dear Parent Carer Forum,


The Department of Health and Department of Education have jointly commissioned new guidance reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention for children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and mental health difficulties. The DoH and DfE are consulting on the draft which was produced for us by the Council for Disabled Children (CDC), until 24 January 2018.


This guidance replaces:


·Guidance for Restrictive Physical Interventions: How to provide safe services for people with Learning Disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (2002, DfES and DH); and


·Guidance on the Use of Restrictive Physical Interventions for Pupils with Severe Behavioural Difficulties (2003, DfES and DH).


We welcome your views by 24 January 2018.


Here is a link to the consultation on where you’ll find the draft guidance


NB this site then points to a further link where you can participate in the survey:  


The new guidance applies to all health care commissioned by the NHS, children’s homes and special schools and colleges. Please pass on this notice to colleagues and organisations who will have an interest. 





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