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Reducing the need for restraint.

Reducing the need for restraint.

This document summarises responses received to the public consultation on draft guidance, ‘Reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention’. The guidance was published for consultation by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Department for Education (DfE) in November 2017. The consultation ran from November 2017 to January 2018. As the consultation was specifically on a draft of guidance, the finalised guidance published simultaneously with this document constitutes the main response; this document summarises some of the key concerns raised and the main changes made to the final guidance in light of the responses to consultation.

DHSC and DfE commissioned the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) in 2016 to draft guidance on reducing the risk of restraint and restrictive intervention to children and young people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health issues in health and care settings and special schools, who are at comparatively greater risk of restraint. CDC worked extensively with health, care and special schools as well as parents, carers and children and young people in developing the draft.

Read the consultation response.


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