Says the Observer: “Shocking details of techniques used to inflict pain deliberately on children in privately run jails have been revealed for the first time in a government document obtained by the Observer.
Some of the restraint and self-defence measures approved by the Ministry of Justice include ramming knuckles into ribs and raking shoes down the shins. Other extraordinary passages in the previously secret manual, Physical Control in Care, authorise staff to(…)”
Personally, I’d love to see this in context.
“Use an inverted knuckle into the trainee’s sternum and drive inward and upward.” sounds to me like the heimlech manouvre.
“Continue to carry alternate elbow strikes to the young person’s ribs until a release is achieved.” Uhm, yes, that’s the standard way of getting someone to let go of you if they’ve got someone else in a bear hug.
Only the headline one (drive fingers into groin) I can’t find any sort of defence for.
All the stuff in there is pretty standard self defence. As with everything else, you’d have to keep human rights in mind (with ‘PLAN – Proportionate, Legal, Accountable and Necessary use of force).
I completely agree that urging people to use force is disgusting, but from that particular guardian article, I can’t see anything hugely wrong. What they forget to mention is that ‘jailed youths’ some times are violent little thugs, and occasions may occur where people have to defend themselves.
Take any self-defence manual out of context, and you can make it sound like a torture recipe.
As far as I can tell, this is piss-poor journalism from the Grauniad…