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YJB statement about research on head-hold restraint techniques

The Youth Justice Board (YJB) has published a research report looking at the impact of head-hold restraint techniques.

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The study, ‘Assessing the Physiological and Psychological Impacts of Head-Hold Restraint Techniques’, was commissioned by the YJB and carried out by Coventry University. It examined the physiological and psychological effects of four head-hold restraint techniques, including the technique used in Minimising and Managing Physical Restraint (MMPR).

Lin Hinnigan, Chief Executive of the YJB, said:

“Young people in custody are some of the most vulnerable people in society, and their safety and welfare is our highest priority.

“This important research will help to maintain safety by informing how staff working with young people in secure training centres and under-18 young offender institutions are trained.

“Restraint should only ever be used as a last resort where it is absolutely necessary and where no other form of intervention is possible or appropriate.”


Read the Assessing the Physiological and Psychological Impacts of Head-Hold Restraint Techniques research report here.

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Published 30 July 2015