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Last year, the Youth Justice Board revealed in its annual report that the behaviour management system devised for child prisons is now used by its “secure escort contractor” taking children to and from secure children’s homes. This system includes techniques that deliberately inflict pain on children.
I'd encourage you to read the page for more information, but the short version is that although it's illegal to use painful restraints with children within children's homes or secure units, it's not illegal to do so when escorting them in or out of the unit.
An NSPCC survey of restrained children reported that children described being "twisted up, gripped up, ragged up, jumped on and hammered." Below are some more quotes from that report:
“you feel funny, dizzy, feel like your arm’s breaking, blood goes to your head, your arm stings for about 10 or 20 minutes afterwards, numb and you feel sick with the nose one”
“I’ve had staff here lift me off my feet by my head. You fear for your life here, I’m scared they’re gonna hurt me.”
“Afterwards you have sore arms and wrists, throbbing and can’t move the, like when your arms are dead”.
These are kids who, like Aaron in the book, are already vulnerable. If you can, please donate to this campaign, or spread the word, so that they don't become even more vulnerable in the system that's supposed to protect them.