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Reducing Restrictive Practice has been the driving force behind the training that Timian delivers and has delivered over the last 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’re very clear on what the training should include. They also recommend that the training is accredited but don’t specify which accreditation scheme. 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 and in that time we’ve ensured that our training has included all the items presented in this framework. We’re delighted that this guidance has come out to reinforce our views on training delivery and outcomes. We would like to join the RRN in calling for all sectors in Wales to embrace and adopt the new framework as quickly as possible.

Content of Training

Although the framework isn’t specific about the content, they highlight that the content of training should involve the following list of subjects.

  • understanding of the meaning of behaviours that are 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;
  • examining attitudes and attributions to behaviours that are described as challenging.

This content is found in the first four chapters of our BILD Act Certified training and is reinforced throughout any training that involves any physical interventions or discussions around behaviour that challenges.

A copy of the guidance can be found here

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