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BBC Radio 5 Live “Restraint in Special Schools”

Written by George Matthews

On Sunday at 11am April 9th, BBC Radio 5 Live broadcast a special programme investigating the use of restraint in special schools. Read the full story   A member of the CBF team was interviewed on the programme, alongside family carers of children who have experienced restraint at school and other professionals involved in the field.

Planning Liberty Safeguards in Children’s Services by Bernard Allen

Written by George Matthews

Deprivation of liberty includes actions to restrict a person’s liberty or freedom of movement, whether or not that person resists. Some individuals will not offer any objection and may agree with, or even ask for, their movement to be restricted in this way. However, such actions may still amount to a “deprivation of liberty.” 


Written by George Matthews

I am aware that a number of local authorities and employers have been provided with misleading and inaccurate information concerning TT training and techniques. It would appear that these individuals and companies are trying to raise anxiety amongst professionals and services in order to pursue a "profit before people first" agenda e.g. the banning of certain positions and the notion of so called "illegal" holds, or the showing, out of context, of photographs of tt dolls being held inappropriately, the misrepresentation of national accreditation status and what it may mean for employers in terms of liability, etc. All in order to gain a commercial advantage by doing so.

Keeping children safe in education: for schools and colleges - guidance from 5 September 2016

Written by George Matthews

This guidance, see link below:

applies to all schools and is for: headteachers, teachers and education staff governing bodies, proprietors and management committees It sets out what schools and colleges must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.

Independent report Children's residential care in England

Written by George Matthews

The Report of Sir Martin Narey’s independent review of children’s residential care can be found by copying and pasting the following link:

In relation to key statements concerning risk, restriction and restraint the following quotations and page references below contain some of the more pertinent statements: