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The Need for Permission To Restrict Children’s Liberty in Residential Care

Written by George Matthews

In November 2015 a High Court judgement was announced concerning a 14-year-old boy, known as AB. It ruled that any deprivation of liberty of a child who is subject to a care order must have legal authorisation.

This information is kindly provided by Bernard Allen. He is an expert witness with ten years experience who has provided liability reports for courts in England, Wales and Scotland. He is on the register of expert witnesses and has been endorsed by a number of leading law firms and QCs

Mythbusting Claims About Accreditation and Qualifications in Restraint Training by Bernard Allen

Written by George Matthews

The truth about BILD Accreditation, ICM Accreditation, and Security Industry Training.

In March 2015, the BBC reported widespread fraud and malpractice in the security training industry involving bogus BTEC qualifications in restraint. Schools and residential care homes have been receiving unsolicited letters and emails from some of these companies as part of a negative marketing campaign based on misinformation and scaremongering.

At the same time, there has been confusion about the status of the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) accreditation scheme, as it is no longer recommended in departmental guidance. Team-Teach, one of the largest training providers, has decided to withdraw support from the BILD scheme, having been jointly accredited by both BILD and ICM.

The DH and DfE have made clear that the government does not recommend any particular accreditation scheme, training method or training provider. (DfE Response to NSEND Forum Request for Clarification, 2015) Employers must conduct due diligence to ensure that any training they purchase is appropriate for their own service setting.

Guidance on reducing risk, restraint and restriction

Written by George Matthews

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has stated that it: " believes the lack of coherent and consistent guidance on restraint for schools (special and mainstream), from the relevant authorities, needs to be addressed urgently" See link below for more details.

NAHT supports and endorses the paper by Bernard Allen dated 14 November 2014 called 'Improving Guidance on Reducing Risk, Restraint and Restriction in Children's Services'.

Bernard Allen is one of UK's leading experts on SEN and physical interventions and restraint.

"NAHT endorses the paper both in its call for correct, coherent and consistent guidance and in its analysis of good practice and the law on restraint and restriction of liberty."

The same document (NSEND Guidance) can also be downloaded from the "Contact Us" section of the tt web site

NICE Guidelines Plus TT / BILD / ICM Accreditation

Written by George Matthews

THE LATEST GUIDANCE for challenging behaviour and learning disabilities was published by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), yesterday. NICE state the guidance ‘will cover the care and shared care provided or commissioned by health and social care, in whatever care setting the person lives’.

The guidance, 'Challenging behaviour and learning disabilities: prevention and interventions for people with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges' gives guidance on the care of children, young people and adults with a learning disability.See "Read More" for download information.

An additional document concerning Team Teach and ICM / BILD Accreditation can be downloaded from the "Documentation Link" on the bottom of the Home Page of the TT web site.

Gold Award, Accreditation and Medical Risk Assessments

Written by George Matthews

Congratulations to The Vale of Evesham School (Worcestershire), Addington School (Wokingham) and High Park School ( Bradford) They all have recently gained the TT Gold Award.