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The BILD ACT Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) 

What is it?

The BILD ACT Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards have been introduced to ensure that all restrictive intervention (restraint) training complies with a national and international standard, mandated by an Act of Parliament. They currently are only statutory for CQC regulated and NHS commissioned services

The Standards ensure that training is directly related and proportional to the needs of your staff and service users, and that it is delivered by competent and experienced training professionals. Further information can be found here

Do my staff need BILD ACT RRN Certified training?

Is it only for CQC and NHS commissioned training?

No. RRN training is suitable and recommended for all settings whether mandatory or not.

Is it statutory for schools and children's homes?

Not yet, but it is expected to shortly be required for Ofsted regulated settings. A range of recommendationswere made to the Department for Education by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and these recommendations have been taken on by the DforE in relation to the use of force in schools. With it's emphasis on primary strategies, restraint reduction and a person centered, human rights approach, we highly recomend that all schools complete the RRN course.

Must I use a specific training provider?

No, you are free to use any training provider you wish, however you must use a provider that is BILD ACT Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) certified, if your sector requires it. Only certified training providers can use the identifying logo, shown above.

How are training providers certified?

Having passed the eligibility criteria, training providers must provide evidence that their administration, training processes and curriculums fully meet the standards set down by the RRN. This is a 12 month process. 


The training provider must have certified trainers, delivering a certified curriculum that meets all the BILD ACT RRN training standards. 

Why has this been introduced?

Whilst the use of any restraint may sometimes be necessary to keep people safe, it is also traumatic and should be minimised.


The aim is to reduce the use of restrictive practices, with emphasis on prevention and de-escalation rather than training solely in physical techniques, to ensure people’s human rights are respected and protected and they are not subject to coercive or unnecessary restrictive practices.

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