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:…

Article 39 urges greater focus on child’s wishes and feelings

In its response to the government’s consultation on statutory safeguarding guidance, Article 39 urges “much greater prominence to independent advocacy” as a means of ensuring children’s wishes and feelings are known, understood and valued. We advocate the following additions to the guidance: Local authorities should be required to produce age appropriate information to children and…

Review of pain-inducing restraint

The Ministry of Justice is reviewing its authorisation of pain-inducing restraint by GEOAmey escort custody officers taking children to and from secure children’s homes and secure training centres. This follows our threat of legal action. Restraint techniques which deliberately inflict pain on children are banned in secure children’s homes. Yet escort custody officers employed by…

Independent board says child prison “inhumane”

The Independent Monitoring Board for Cookham Wood juvenile young offender institution says conditions there are “inhumane”. Reflecting on 312 visits made to the prison between August 2016 and July 2017, the Board’s annual report states: “Keeping boys with very severe mental health difficulties at Cookham Wood is inhumane: they cannot be properly supported here with…