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New Judgement on Protective Clothing written by Bernard Allen

Written by George Matthews

Kennedy (Appellant) v Cordia (Services) LLP (Respondent) (Scotland) [2016] UKSC 6 On appeal from [2014] CSIH 76 - 10 February 2016

It might have implications for schools and residential homes where staff are at risk from bites, blows and kicks from children and young people. This case involved a member of staff who slipped on an icy path but the logic could be applied to all protective equipment.

Supporting the Challenging Behaviour Foundation's Statement on RPI

Written by George Matthews

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation have produced a position statement regarding Restrictive Physical Interventions for Children and Young People that Team Teach almost fully agrees with as accurate and helpful. We have written to them offering our support, in particular with regard to the information that are distributing concerning "face down" positions. You can find their statement by copying and pasting the following link: assets/statementonrestrictivephysicalinterventionswithchildren.pdf

Is Prone Restraint Banned?

Written by George Matthews

The serious case review into abuse at Winterbourne View recommended that supine restraint should be banned, not prone. This has not stopped training organisations who use supine holds campaigning for a ban on prone restraints, which they do not use. Prone has never been banned.

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.