The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Department for Education (DfE) have published their response to a November 2017 public consultation: “Reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention: children and young people”.

This sought comments on draft guidance (produced by the Council for Disabled Children) with regard to reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention for children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and mental health needs.

The guidance applies to both health and care and special educational settings.

Full details of the joint response to the 237 replies received by the Departments can be found at www.gov.uk.

Although there were some critical responses, overall, respondents were favourable and felt the draft guidance provided a useful framework for helping specialist education, health and care settings to reduce the need for restraint and restrictive intervention for children and young people.

While the vast majority felt that the guidance was clear and informative and met its stated aims, however, many respondents wanted its scope to be extended to education settings and institutions other than special schools or specialist colleges including mainstream schools and alternative provision, including pupil referral units.

Following the consultation, DfE and DHSC have worked with interested parties to refine the draft guidance, which is now available here.

It sets out how to support children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions and mental health difficulties who are at risk of restrictive intervention.

Last reviewed 8 July 2019