Reducing Restrictive Practice

James Hourihan, Author

Reducing Restrictive Practice Welsh Framework

Reducing Restrictive Practice has been the driving force behind the Timian’s training for over 25 years. Given this, we welcome the new guidance from the Welsh Government published in July. The framework outlines best practice in supporting people who present with behaviours that people might find challenging.


Although the framework doesn’t provide guidance on specific strategies or training models. They are very clear on what the training should include. A main recommendation is that training is accredited. They aren’t specific about the type of accreditation. Given that currently the only recognised certification scheme on Restraint Reduction is provided by BILD Act we have to assume this is the accreditation they refer to.

Reinforcing our Practice

Timian have been supporting and working alongside schools and Health Care in North and Mid-Wales for over 18 years. In that time we’ve ensured that our training has included all the items presented in this framework. We’re delighted that this guidance reinforces our training delivery and outcomes. We join the RRN in calling for all sectors in Wales to embrace the new framework as quickly as possible.

Content of Training

The framework isn’t specific about the content. It does however, highlight that the content of training should involve the following list of subjects.

  • understanding of the meaning of behaviours described as ‘challenging’
  • reflection on the attitudes and presumptions that impact on the way practitioners understand behaviours;
  • human rights and how they relate to the use of restrictive practices;
  • person centred practice;
  • understanding of trauma and trauma informed care;
  • proactive interventions that improve well-being and prevent the use of restrictive practices;

All of this content is in the first four chapters of our Training. We reinforce it throughout any training that involves physical interventions or discussions around behaviour that challenges.

Click here for a copy of the guidance.

If you want any more information on our training, then contact us here

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