Harriet Harman, the chair of the JCHR, said: “The UK is under international and domestic legal obligations to ensure that children are not subject to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. The government must comply with its legal obligations and ensure that children in detention are not subject to solitary confinement or unnecessary or disproportionate uses of restraint.
“We realise that staff often face difficult situations. They must be supported to use better alternatives wherever possible. Increased staffing, better training and facilities, and a better mix of staffing and skills should increase the range of alternative options so that restraint and separation really are the last resort.”
*rolls eyes* What ‘alternative options’..?
And why do you think they use these techniques, Harriet?
MPs and peers heard from young witnesses. One young girl said: “I remember it being painful, but for me personally never for an extended period of time, because the idea of further restraint was just so uncomfortable and distressing that I would just stop and comply with whatever from there.”
It’s because they work.