Disabled Boy Fell to His Death Because of a No Restraint Policy

Disabled boy, 18, allowed to fall to his death because health and safety fears meant carers could not restrain him

A disabled boy fell to his death because care home workers were too afraid to restrain him over ‘health and safety’ fears.

  • Carers watched as James Brotherhood climbed on to the windowsill with a wheelchair strapped to him
  • Staff wrongly thought health and safety policy meant they could not physically intervene
  • Rushcliffe Care Group refused to comment and have paid an undisclosed  sum to devastated family

When asked by a coroner why he did not intervene in the moments before the tragedy, one of his carers wrongly stated the home had a ‘no restraint policy’ due to health and safety rules.

‘His carers said they didn’t want to move him or stop him because they were scared they might get hurt, but one of them was a 6ft bouncer – it was simply ridiculous.

‘After the accident, I was told that he had suffered a slight knock but in the inquest I discovered he had received a severe blow to the head.

‘There were three carers in the room at the time and they just stood next to him and watched him for several minutes before he fell.

‘They should have just grabbed him and stopped him from doing it, then my little boy would still be here.’

Following the payout, Neil Clayton, a specialist in medical negligence and care home neglect with Harvey Ingram Shakespeares solicitors said: ‘This was a tragic accident that would have been avoided if Rushcliffe Care’s staff had used basic common sense.

This is why no restraint policies are dangerous! – To read the full article in the Daily Mail click here:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2215550/Disabled-boy-18-allowed-fall-death-health-safety-fears-meant-carers-restrain-him.html#ixzz28uWeHWK


I am the Director and National Coach Tutor of NFPS Ltd., a specialist provider of Conflict Risk Management Consultancy and Training with specific expertise in Physical Restraint, Breakaway and Self-Defence. In addition to providing training, advice, consultancy and guidance on the physiological aspects mentioned above, we also provide training in NLP, Hypnosis and Meditation as these skills combined provide a holistic way to improve our psychology. By helping people improve both, their physiology and their psychology, we provide a complete and holistic approach to training and development.

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One comment on “Disabled Boy Fell to His Death Because of a No Restraint Policy
  1. trowie says:

    Reblogged this on Thoughts from the Trows and commented:
    This is such an important issue, I can’t tell you the amount of times during training staff have told me they can’t intervene in situations as that would be ‘illegal’ or their company has a ‘no restraint’ policy and they would loose their jobs etc…. What about our duty of care?

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