Restraint Reduction Network


D8 Course List including certified Training

The Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards & The British Institute of LEarning Disabilities Association of Certified Training

(The RRN Training Standards & BILD ACT)

The Restraint Reduction Network is a multidisciplinary, multi-agency independent group that brings together dedicated organisations who support individuals in educational, health and social care settings. The RRN give a clear commitment to work together to ensure that the use of coercive and restrictive practice is reduced to an absolute minimum, and the misuse and abuse of restraint is prevented.

The Restraint Reduction Network's Vision:

Our vision is for a society which respects and protects the rights of all people (staff and patients). We want to create a culture of respect for human rights across education, health and social care services so that services are safe, dignified and respect people’s autonomy and well-being, and reduce reliance on restrictive practices.

The Training Standards aim to facilitate cultural change and not just technical competence. They are designed to:

  • Protect people's fundamental human rights and promote person centred, best interest and therapeutic approaches to supporting people when they are distressed
  • Improve the quality of life of those being restrained and those supporting them
  • Reduce reliance on restrictive practices by promoting positive culture and practice that focuses on prevention, de-escalation and reflective practice
  • Increase understanding of the root causes of behaviour and recognition that many behaviours are the result of distress due to unmet needs
  • Where required, focus on the safest and most dignified use of restrictive interventions including physical restraint. This includes training needs analysis to ensure training is proportional to the needs of the population and setting. There is also increased scrutiny and surveillance of curricula, senior trainers and affiliated organisations.

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Find out more about the Restraint Reduction Network here

Take The Pledge

BILD ACT is a new charity, distinct from BILD itself, to rigorously assess and certify training services that include a restrictive intervention. They are licensed by the RRN to certify services that comply with the Training Standards (2019).
From April 2020 NHS commissioned services and the CQC will require all services in health and social care to only receive certified training.

A full list of certified training organisations can be found here.

  • Research Based
    Relax in the knowledge this is our specialty
  • Physical & Emotional Safety
    Provide a safe environment for your staff and those they support
  • Behavioural at the core
    Delivery and content matches behavioural science

Restraint Reduction Network

Our Foundation course, 'Supporting Individuals in Distress,' is Certified by the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards that are administered by BILD - they can be found here

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This D.ESCAL8™ 3 day course is Certified under the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards administered by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD). As with all our physical intervention courses it is informed by the Training Needs Analysis of the needs of the individuals you support.

Participants completing this course will gain a certificate confirming they have been trained to the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards.

As the 'Supporting Individuals in Distress' course (SID) is certified you can be confident that all of the standards of theory, current legislation, Physical Intervention Risk Assessments and best practice are met whilst being tailored to the particular needs of your service and supported individuals.

  • RESEARCH BASED - embedding current research, legislation, best practice and 'real world' examples, aiding consolidation of skills and knowledge
  • SAFE ZONE - participants are fully supported both emotionally and physically throughout our training situations, leading to a toolbox of staff support systems
  • BEHAVIOURAL - we use Behavioural Skills Training (BST) theory which employs instructions, modelling, rehearsal, and feedback in order to effectively teach a new skill

It’s been a term since we received training in De-escalate and the impact of the training is really showing in a number of areas. The whole Inclusion Centre feels calmer and our staff are more confident in dealing with difficult situations where pupils are displaying distress. All staff are being more proactive and creative in trying to de-escalate situations before intervening physically.

We still do have situations where staff need to intervene physically but by using De-escalate the interventions are much shorter and don’t tend to intensify as they often have done in the past. Staff also report that they are able to work with the pupils involved much more easily having used De-escalate instead of our previous methods which often led to upset and anger.

Having worked as an Educational Psychologist for 10 years I thought I had a good knowledge and understanding of positive behaviour management and reinforcement theory, however, this course challenged my beliefs and those of my colleagues. As a team we have spent the last term reflecting upon and changing our practice for the better of our students as a consequence of this high quality training. We are gradually changing the ethos of how we perceive and manage the behaviours of the young people within our centre. We work with pupils aged 11 to 19 years with a wide range of abilities and needs including ASC, SLD and PMLD. In the current financial climate it is difficult for many organisations to find the funding to pay for training. I would highly recommend this training to any school or organisation that work with children and people who have learning difficulties, the impact measured against cost is well worth it. I would be happy for other schools and organisations to get in touch to discuss De-escalate and how it has helped both staff and pupils within our Inclusion Centre.


West Wales Open Workshop

DATE: 7-9 December 2020

Narberth Area

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