Physical Intervention Working Group


The physical Intervention working group was established in January 2020 following the Scottish Government’s agreement with the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland and the Equality and Human Rights Commission in November 2019 to develop new national human rights based guidance to minimise the use of physical intervention and seclusion in Scottish schools.

A public consultation on the draft guidance is running until 25 October 2022. Share your views at: Physical intervention in schools guidance consultation - Scottish Government - Citizen Space.

The working group will also consider the approach taken by local authorities on the recording and monitoring of such incidents, and make recommendations to take forward the introduction of a standard dataset to help inform improvement at a local level.

Read more about the Physical Intervention Working Group Definitions sub-groupGuidance sub-group and Recording and Monitoring sub-group.


Representatives of the below organisations are members of the working group. The working Group is Chaired by a representative of the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES).

  • Association of Directors of Education Scotland (ADES) - Chair
  • Scottish Youth Parliament
  • British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD)
  • Highland Council
  • Positive and Active Behaviour Support Scotland (PABSS)
  • CALM Training
  • Mental Welfare Commission Scotland
  • Angus Council
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow Adverse Childhood Experience Centre
  • Fife Council
  • Scottish Government
  • Stirling Council
  • Senior Counsel, Westwater Advocates
  • School Leaders Scotland
  • Education Scotland
  • Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELSIS)
  • Society of Local Authority Lawyers & Administrators in Scotland (SOLAR)
  • First-tier Tribunal, Health and Education Chamber
  • South Lanarkshire Council
  • Children and Young Peoples Commissioner Scotland
  • Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
  • The Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists (ASPEP)
  • Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS)
  • The Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland (AHDS)
  • National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS)
  • Enable Scotland


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