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In recent years there has been much controversy about how healthcare staff cope with people with learning disabilities who display challenging behaviour

In recent years there has been much controversy about how healthcare staff cope with people with learning disabilities who display challenging behaviour.

The issue was highlighted in 2011, when a BBC team secretly filmed misuse of physical restraint that amounted to the abuse of residents at Winterbourne View assessment and treatment hospital, Bristol.

The resulting Panorama documentary prompted the Department of Health (DH) to issue last year’s guidance on physical restraint and seclusion as last resorts

Guidance

This year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published guidance on the management of challenging behaviour in people with learning disabilities.

The guidance is relevant to the care of people with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges of all ages, including children, young people and adults.

The guidance covers a wide range of topics, including support and interventions for family members and carers, assessment

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