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The Scottish Network for Reduction of Restrictive Practices (SNRRP)

Restrictive practices include physical restraint, the use of seclusion, and the use of certain medications to manage behaviour.

The Scottish Network for Reduction of Restrictive Practices (SNRRP) is led by a core group of key stakeholders, including professionals and family carers, who have lived experience, expertise and a shared commitment to working towards the reduction of restrictive practices. The SNRPP will work collaboratively with families and professionals across health and social care, education and criminal justice services for all adults and children who are at risk of restrictive practices.

Our vision is of a Scotland where the highest quality support, protection, education and health is delivered through services that are safe, respectful, and promote a culture of dignity and equality for all. A Scotland which respects and protects everyone’s human rights, including those who need support, and is committed to the elimination of the misuse of restrictive practices.

Aims of the Network

The aim of the SNRRP is to eliminate the misuse of restrictive practices in Scotland and to ensure that where these are used, it is done safely, with respect for people’s human rights, and in a culture of openness and transparency.

The SNRRP is focused on:

  • Eliminating the misuse of restrictive practices
  • Facilitating cultural change to promote human rights
  • Supporting more positive approaches to working with people
  • Sharing best practice and learning
  • Supporting the development guidance
  • Supporting workforce development
  • Promoting best practice in monitoring and reporting

External Links

The SNRRP has formed links with the UK Restraint Reduction Network (RRN). This link will provide a national perspective in relation to restraint reduction and will provide opportunities for joint working and sharing of best practice.

The SNRRP will also work closely with the Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Community of Practice for Scotland. PBS is one approach to positive and proactive support which can help to reduce the use of restrictive practices.

The SNRRP will build collaborative relationships with a wide range of organisations including Scottish, UK and international human rights organisations.

PAMIS Digital Passport

The PAMIS Digital Passport is a simple, digital flick through e-book that supports inclusive communication. The passport can contain many different types of information such as social, health, sporting, cultural, palliative, spiritual or complex care needs. The passport was originally intended to amplify the voice of people who have complex needs, supporting them to take the lead in their own lives. A multimedia approach ensures that video, sound and pictures can be used very effectively to support the person’s needs in a vivid, approachable way. Originally co-produced over 10 years ago by people who have profound learning disabilities and complex health needs, their family carers and PAMIS, it is owned by the individual and is freely available via the PAMIS website.

My Communication Passport resources

  • Watch the ‘Building a Communication Passport’ video here
  • Access the My Commpass website here.

Statements/articles of interest

The Welsh Government Written Statement: Reducing Restrictive Practices Framework