Minimising the use of restraint with disabled children

Article 39 has responded to the Department of Health and Department for Education’s consultation on ‘Reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention’ with children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and mental health difficulties.

In October 2017, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities urged the UK to:

Adopt appropriate measures to eradicate the use of restraint for reasons related to disability within all settings … as well as practices of segregation and isolation that may amount to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment.

We used this as the backdrop to our consultation response, which you can download here: Article 39 Consultation response Reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention Jan 2018

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