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The Scottish Physical Restraint Action Group blogs

Read the initial blog responses to the call for action on physical restraint in Scottish childcare, which have been updated for SIRCC 2021.


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We need to talk about physical restraint

Conversations about the use of physical restraint in residential child care are as challenging and complex as they come, but with so much at stake, Joanne McMeeking, head of Improving Care Experiences team at CELCIS, argues the importance of these conversations is fundamental. Updated for SIRCC 2021.

Read Joanne McMeeking's blog here

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Physical restraint in Residential Child Care: A Watershed Moment?

Laura Steckley, a Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Work and Social Policy and CELCIS at the University of Strathclyde, explains how people are coming together to consider how to apply what we know about both experience and theory to address the practice of restraint in residential care. Updated for SIRCC 2021.

Read Laura Steckley's blog here

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Should our young people be experiencing physical restraint at any level?

David Grimm is a graphic facilitator, consultant, and a social work student. He was also a member of the Love work group and worked as a 'Creative in Residence' for the Independent Care Review.


Read David Grimm's blog here

Unintended consequences: Restraint and criminalisation of looked after children

Debbie Nolan is Practice Development Advisor with the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ). Here she looks at some of the unintended consequences of trying to reduce physical restraint. Updated for SIRCC 2021.

Read Debbie Nolan's blog here

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Can theory be an ally in efforts to reduce physical restraint?

Erica Barr is a House Leader with South Ayrshire Council. Here she discusses the need to link theory with practice to improve our understanding of children and young people. Updated for SIRCC 2021.


Read Erica Barr's blog here

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‘Why didn’t you f*cking restrain me’: when physical restraint can meet a child’s need

John Radoux, a child and adolescent counsellor who grew up in care and works in children's homes discusses why we need to reevaluate attitudes to physical restraint. Updated for SIRCC 2021.


Read John Radoux's blog here

Professional training is essential to provide the best support for our young people

Joe Gibb works for Renfrewshire Council. Here he argues that it's time for residential childcare workers to be recognised for the complex and difficult job they do, and that they should be given the tools they need to care for young people in the best possible way. Updated for SIRCC 2021.

Read Joe Gibb's blog here

There's no place for physical restraint in residential child care

Alex Horne is a Participation Assistant with South Ayrshire Champions Board and is care experienced. He was restrained when in care and believes that there are better alternatives.


Read Alex Horne's blog here

2019 - a year of real opportunity in residential child care

John Ryan, Assistant Director, Aberlour, reflects on what this new conversation about the use of restraint means for those working in residential care with children and young people today. Updated for SIRCC 2021.

Read John Ryan's blog here

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Turning conversation into action

Joanne McMeeking, head of Improving Care Experiences team at CELCIS, draws together the thoughts from this blog series and argues that this should just be the beginning of a reconsideration of the use and application of physical restraint in Scotland.


Read Joanne McMeeking's blog here





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