Council of Europe condemns use of pain-inducing restraint on children

The use of pain-inducing restraint techniques on children in secure settings is in violation of international commitments made by the UK government, the Council of Europe has warned. A report by the European Committee of Social Rights, which monitors compliance to the Council of Europe’s social charter treaty, of which the UK is a signatory, highlights a number of areas where standards have been breached, including the issue of restraint.
Current government guidance on the use of restraint in young offender institutions, Minimising and Managing Physical Restraint, permits the use of restraint techniques that deliberately inflict pain on children. Read more.

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