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Reducing the Need for Restraint and Restrictive Intervention

Written by George Matthews

The draft replacement for the 2002 joint guidance for special schools has been released and is currently subject to an online consultation on the Department of Health website until the January 24th 2018. See the link below:

Team Teach fully supports and endorses the views expressed by Bernard Allen (Training Consultant, Principal TT Trainer & Expert Witness (Liability) See "Read More" info button below.

We encourage all trainers, service managers and employers to respond to the consultation. Only by expressing your opinions about what is positive in the guidance and therefore more likely to stay and what areas could be improved, will your voices and opinions be heard and listened to.


Promoting a Positive Culture and Mind-Set

Written by George Matthews

Team Teach would like to congratulate and praise all staff, working in all services, where faced with difficult, disturbing and sometimes dangerous behaviours, put the best interests of the child / young person / adult first and foremost with regard to the actions they take. That they do so, with courage and conviction, knowing that all actions carry an element of risk, but that the need for us all to feel safe and secure, to protect and promote positive relationships, is central to the integrity of the service provided. If staff do not feel safe and valued, nor will children, young people or adults that they educate and care for.

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.