“We are extremely pleased that this vital law aimed at reducing restraint has passed. It has the potential to change lives and may even save them.
“Our research shows that women and girls are restrained at disproportionate rates – with an alarming number dying after being restrained.
“It is a vital first step in ensuring that the regular and repeated use of physical restraint against all patients, but particularly women and girls, comes to an end.
“More than half of women who have mental health problems have experienced abuse – so not only is restraint frightening and humiliating it also risks re-traumatising them.
“This Bill’s measures to introduce training for mental health staff will help them understand the impact of trauma on a person’s mental health and help them de-escalate situations without having to resort to force.
“Mental health units are meant to be caring places for patients feeling at their most vulnerable. This law moves us closer to this truly being the case and restraint will only ever be used as a last resort.”