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IAP holds Cross Sector Restraint Workshop

On Wednesday 19th May, the IAP held a workshop involving the restraint training leads from each of the custody sectors, and medical and legal practitioners to discuss the use of physical restraint in a custodial setting. The event was well attended, with representatives from a range of organisations including: the Department of Health, West London Mental Health Trust, National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), UK Border Agency (UKBA), National Offender Management Service (NOMS), Prison Officers Association (POA), the Coroners Society, Royal College of Nursing (RCN), The Howard League for Penal Reform, Youth Justice Board (YJB), Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO). The aim of the event was to identify common approaches to restraint, to share examples of good pracice and to discuss the viability of establishing a high level cross sector restraint group. In order to facilitate this, the IAP formulated a series of discussion topics, which were:

  • Content, delivery and accreditation of restraint training within each of the custodial sectors;
  • Identification of gaps relating to the policies and guidance on the use of physical restraint;
  • Issues relating to vulnerable groups who may be particularly at risk to the use of restraint;
  • Medical issues and concerns surrounding restraint techniques;
  • Instances of good practice, and:
  • Viability of establishing a high level cross sector restraint group.
The IAP will be producing a report on the discussions from the day, which will be presented at the Ministerial Board in October 2010.  If you have any queries about the day, please feel free to contact the Secretariat via the contact page on the website.

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