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Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he will place in the Library a copy of the manual for control and restraint in young offenders institutions. (194876)

Control and restraint (C and R) techniques are used in all Prison Service establishments, including young offender institutions, as a last resort when all other de-escalation techniques have failed. The restraint methods involve a variety of defensive and disarming techniques ranging from simple breakaway techniques through to defensive strikes and defence against improvised weapons and firearms. For reasons of security the prison service does not disclose details of the individual techniques used in C and R.