Dozens of MPs have joined forces to call on the government to ban the use of handcuffs on children in care.
Ministers are backing the Hope Instead of Handcuffs campaign, launched by Emily Aklan, chief executive of children’s social care provider Serenity Welfare, which is calling for legislation allowing a child in care to be handcuffed during secure transportation to be scrapped.
It is currently legal for private transport providers to physically restrain children at their discretion without the accountability of regulation or monitoring of restraint.
The campaign has received cross-party support from more than 20 MPs and peers, including Steve McCabe, chair of the all-party parliamentary group for looked-after children, Christian Wakeford, Conservative MP for Bury South and former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
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