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

Written by George Matthews

This guidance, see link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/childrens-residential-care-in-england

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

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:

http://www.challengingbehaviour.org.uk/learning-disability 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.