Due to COVID-19 we are not able to send out any resources at this time. If you are a family carer in need of support then please contact our helpline.

All our information sheets are available to download. If you need specific help relating to the COVID-19 pandemic please see our information here: Guidance for Families.


Restraint and Seclusion

 We have published a report which shares family carers’ shocking accounts of their children’s experiences of restrictive intervention, shared through a survey and case studies.  Children are being injured physically and emotionally through the use of restraint, seclusion and other restrictive practices in schools.  Read the full report HERE.


We are working together with a group of families to bring key national organisations together to develop a strategy which will tackle this issue across the UK.  Our aim is to reduce restrictive interventions and safeguard children, (Rrisc).


Family carer film
At a meeting of the Rrisc group we filmed three parents talking about restrictive intervention experienced by their children, and the impact on the whole family. You can watch the short film we made here.

A blog of one family’s experience, shared at our first meeting, can be found on the Paving The Way site HERE.


Key messages

The Reducing Restrictive Interventions- Safeguarding Children and Young People (RRISC) group have produced a series of key messages about this issue. The list includes five key asks that we believe, if carried out, will reduce the use of restrictive intervention on children and young people.

Read the key messages here

The key messages have been endorsed by The Challenging Behaviour Foundation, Positive and Active Behaviour Support Scotland, The Council for Disabled Children, National Association of Special Schools, Mencap, and NSPCC.


Parliamentary briefing paper
The CBF has produced a briefing paper for the parliamentary debate on restrictive intervention of children and young people, scheduled for Thursday 25th April. You can read the briefing paper here. 



Family carer action - parliamentary debate 25th April 2019

If your child has experienced restrictive intervention, you can write to your MP calling for change and inviting them to attend the parliamentary debate on 25th April 2019.  Use the websites below to find the name and contact details of your MP by adding your postcode to the box. 



We have created a template letter HERE. Add your own experiences to replace the text in blue and email/ post to your MP.  If you’re happy to share your message with us, please put pavingtheway@thecbf.org.uk into the CC box and make sure we are copied any replies, so we can see if your MP helps. 


If you are worried that what your child experienced was inappropriate or if it caused them injuries, please contact CBF Family Support on 0300 666 0126 or support@thecbf.org.uk. You may wish to read these frequently asked questions about safeguarding.


Medication briefing paper  

Medication used in response to someone's behaviour can be a form of restraint. In June 2019 the CBF put together a briefing paper on medication, including background information about medication use and why it is important to avoid inappropriate medication. You can read the paper HERE.


DfE Consultation on Restraint in Mainstream Settings and Alternative Provision 

The RRISC group have written to Michelle Donelan MP, regarding the consultation on Restraint in Mainstream Settings and Alternative Provision. You can read our response here.




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