Steve McCabe MP to host Hope Instead of Handcuffs online roundtable event

As media and political support continues to grow for Serenity Welfare’s Hope Instead of Handcuffs campaign, leading supporter Steve McCabe MP will host an online roundtable event on 20th July to discuss how to tackle the use of restraint against children in care and how to support better vulnerable young people.

Steve McCabe MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers, will be joined by campaign leader Emily Aklan, Chair of the Evidence Group of the Children’s Social Care Review Leon Feinstein, Health & Social Affairs Editor at the Sunday Express Lucy Johnston and Author & Social Campaigner Dr Phil Frampton.

The event will open a platform to discuss the alarming use of restraint against innocent children in the UK’s care sector. Restraint against children in care settings is increasing, despite its detrimental impact on their physical and mental wellbeing.

Handcuffs are frequently used on looked-after children, including during transportation between care settings, even though they have not committed nor have been accused of committing a crime. The practice is overlooked, unmonitored, unregulated, but rampant. The Hope Instead of Handcuffs campaign is working to ban the use of handcuffs on children unless there is a substantial risk of harm to the child.

As the MacAlister Independent Review of Children’s Social Care progresses, join us on as we discuss how and why restraint against children should be tackled, to ensure those who have been victims of it do not continue to fall through the gaps.

There will be an opportunity to put questions to the panel during a Q&A session after the opening discussion. All those who wish to register their interest can do so here.


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