Following on from Dr Laura Steckley of the University of Strathclyde's plenary at the SIRCC Conference in 2019 on physical restraint in residential child care, a Scottish Physical Restraint Action Group was formed to continue the discussion and plan a way forward for Scotland. CELCIS published a series of blog posts from different perspectives, including how young people felt. These can be read by clicking the links on this page.
In this video Laura provides an update on what's been happening since her session, in a conversation with representatives from CELCIS.
CELCIS hosted a series of blog posts discussing the challenging and complex subject of physical restrain in residential child care.
A current focus and conversation around physical restraint on the political agenda/radar, in the media, and in social media, stimulated the original interest in having a plenary presentation session at the SIRCC Conference in June 2019.
The plenary was presented by Dr Laura Steckley, a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde. The plenary aimed to:
Since the presentation, a group of individuals has come together and formed the Scottish Physical Restraint Action Group. This Group, made up of people with care experience, practitioners, leaders, managers, policy leads and university colleagues, is examining what is happening now, what else needs to be known, and what else needs to happen in children's houses, services, policies, and wider systems to ensure the eradication of the harm caused by physical restraint.
CELCIS hosted a series of blog posts over a three-week period in October 2019, to stimulate debate, giving voice to care experienced people and those working in residential child care. The blog posts by no means covered all perspectives of the conversation, and more voices need to be heard. We've gathered all the blog posts here, in one place.
This presentation was first delivered as a plenary session at the SIRCC Conference in 2019. The original presentation contained audio clips of care experienced people and care workers. These have been removed to safeguard all those involved.
If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved with the Group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, putting 'Scottish Physical Restraint Action Group' in the subject line, or you can continue the discussion by commenting on any of the blogs.