In March 2016 we launched the first ever online training toolkit Let’s Talk About Restraints.
The conference marked the culmination of seven months intensive work in partnership with Disability Sheffield, individual employers and PAs to design, develop and pilot this unique toolkit. The work was funded by Skills for Care and marked the second phase of an 18 month project looking at how we can promote the importance of having conversations on the subject of safe restraints.
Over 70 people attended the conference, held at the New York football stadium in Rotherham. The event was co-presented by Disability Sheffield’s Katherine Wild and Active Independence’s Barbara Booton. After a brief presentation outlining the background and development of the toolkit, participants were given the opportunity to try out some of the exercises and activities.
Blake Williamson, from Sheffield’s individual employer and PA support group, gave a brilliant personal account of how the issue of restraints effects his everyday life and how he has worked with his team of PAs to ensure they understand the importance of him remaining in control of his choices.
The conference ended with a presentation of the new free, downloadable toolkit. The feedback from participants was extremely positive, commenting on the professionalism and accessible design of the dedicated website and downloadable documents.
We strongly urge any health and social care workers and professionals and individual employers to look at the website, download the toolkit and run a training session