Physical intervention in schools: draft guidance
We are consulting on this draft schools guidance "Included, engaged and involved part 3" which takes a relationship and rights based approach to physical intervention in Scottish schools.
19. Reflecting children's human rights, and the nurture principles, the key principles that should guide all policy and practice in relation to the use of physical intervention in schools and other education settings are:
- all behaviour is communication and a child or young person's distressed behaviour may indicate unmet needs. All efforts should be made to understand and address those needs.
- all children and young people have a right to have their views sought and taken into account.
- all children have the right to be cared for, protected from harm and grow up in a safe environment in which their rights are respected and their needs met.
- restraint should not be viewed as, or become, routine practice in schools. It should not form part of any behaviour, education or care plan. It should only be used:
- within a culture that prioritises positive relationships, behaviour, wellbeing, and planned preventative approaches;
- to avert an immediate risk of injury to the child or young person, or to others, where no less restrictive option is viable (i.e. as a last resort);
- for the shortest time necessary and in the safest, least restrictive manner;
- by those who are trained;
- with care; and
- where they do not degrade, punish or deprive a child or young person of their liberty.
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