Pain Compliance Techniques With Children Are Not Illegal
Answered by Mr Mark Dawes, the Director of NFPS, UK
Global Expert in Use of Force Training
I subsequently sought an independent legal opinion by a very well respected Barrister at Law who is known as one of the UK’s leading public access barristers, in relation to the statement made by the Chair of the panel concerned.
He has now had time to review the Department for Education’s understanding of the relevant key pieces of legislation in support of the Chair’s statement, as well as all of the other laws that apply and he has now provided me with a very in-depth and thorough response, an extract of which is as follows:
“I agree that the statement ‘the use of pain compliant techniques for children was illegal’ is wrong. Pain compliance for the purpose of punishment is certainly unlawful, but it may be appropriate as a means of restraint in an emergency.”
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