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Reducing Restrictive Intervention of Children and Young People


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In February 2020, we published a report jointly produced by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) and Positive and Active Behaviour Support Scotland (PABSS) and supported by the Reducing restrictive Interventions, Safeguarding Children group RRISC. The report follows our January 2019 publication.

We held a launch event at the House of Lords, on 10th February 2020, hosted by Baroness Sheila Hollins. The aim was to raise awareness about this hidden issue and encourage different organisations, researchers and stakeholders across the UK to pledge to action to reduce restrictive interventions of children and young people.

You can read the full report here and our press release of the day here.


Baroness Sheila Hollins opened the event by thanking all the families who have shared their experiences for this report. The Baroness said: “I know it is traumatic to have to go over what happened, and we appreciate your bravery in bringing this issue to light.”

Elly Chapple, a family-carer whose daughter Ella lost her sight as a result of the traumatic impact of restrictive interventions, spoke about this life changing experience and how we should view children differently.  Elly is also a founder member of the RRISC group and has worked in partnership with the CBF and PABSS to bring this issue to light.

You can find Elly’s presentation here.

Richard Hastings is the Cerebra Chair of Family Research and a Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Warwick. He explained the research background and highlighted the findings of the report and the key recommendations.

Please find Richard’s presentation here.

Nick Hobbs, Head of Advice and Investigations at the office of the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS), gave the final presentation. Nick explained the importance of focusing on restraint and seclusion as human rights issues and spoke about the current work taking place in Scotland

You can find Nick’s presentation here.


A key feature of the day was that three parents described their experiences, the impact of Restrictive interventions and how we can support children well. A short film to follow.



We asked all invitees to make a pledge to reduce restrictive intervention of children through a specific action. Pledges made at the launch begin to address all four recommendations made in the report. Please see all pledges here.

Baroness Hollins closed the launch event highlighting that we must continue to ensure that the voices of families are heard and said “I hope we will look back on today as the start of a real process of change.”


If after reading our update report and pledges from other organisations/ individuals, you are inspired to make you own pledge then please complete this form, send it to info@thecbf.org.uk and we will add to the list.


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Please contact CBF Family support if you are worried about restrictive interventions experienced by your family member. Our contact details are 0300 666 0126; support@thecbf.org.uk. You may also wish to read these frequently asked questions about safeguarding.  





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