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The Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) 

What is it?

The Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards have been introduced to ensure that all restrictive intervention (restraint) training complies with a national and international standard. 

The Standards will 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.

Intelligensa have the official status of 'Working towards certification'.

Does this apply to schools and children's homes?

No, this does not apply to schools and children's homes. 

How are training providers certified?

You must have certified trainers, working for a certified training provider, delivering a certified curriculum that meets all the RRN standards. 


Having passed the eligibility criteria, trainers must provide evidence that their administration and training processes fully meet the standards set down by the RRN. This is a 12 month process. This stage of the process is called ‘working towards formal certification (as meeting the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards 2019) of training services that have a restrictive intervention component’.

Is it only for NHS commissioned training?

From the 1st April 2021, it is mandatory that providers of NHS commissioned services must ensure that their training in restrictive practices has been certified as compliant with the Restraint Reduction Network standards.


Currently, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will expect all regulated services across health and social care to only use trainers in restrictive practices that are certified as complying with the Restraint Reduction Network 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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