Category: Physical restraint

CHAIR OF YOUTH JUSTICE BOARD TO LEAD REVIEW OF PAIN-INDUCING RESTRAINT ON CHILDREN

In a letter this week to Shadow Children’s Minister Emma Lewell-Buck MP, Justice Minister Edward Argar MP announced that Charlie Taylor has been appointed to lead a review of the authorisation of pain-inducing restraint on children detained in young offender institutions and secure training centres, and during escort to these prisons and secure children’s homes.…

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:…

Medical assessment of restraint

Article 39 has obtained a copy of the Independent Medical Assessor’s rating of different restraint techniques and scenarios applying to: children in custody; children escorted to custody; and children being deported on aircraft. This is the first time this information has entered the public domain. We elicited the information through freedom of information request to…

7,784 restraints led to injuries in child custody 2007-2015

Data released today to Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister, Andy Slaughter MP, reveals there were 7,784 restraint incidents leading to child injuries in custodial institutions between 2007 and 2015. Across these eight years: 4,092 restraints in young offender institutions resulted in children being injured 2,583 restraints in secure training centres resulted in children being injured 1,109…