Physical intervention in schools: draft guidance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.

Education Scotland Inspections

115. As part of their scrutiny and improvement roles in schools, Education Scotland inspectors consider the impact of practice in relation to the use of physical intervention for children and young people.

116. In line with the "How Good Is Our School?" self-evaluation framework[49], inspectors will request pre-inspection information from the school. For all school inspections, this includes information on the use of physical intervention. Pre-inspection questionnaires to stakeholders are also issued, which include questions about children and young people's wellbeing, safety and the extent to which they feel respected and supported. During the inspection, inspectors gather and triangulate other evidence relevant to the context of the school. For example, looking at records of restraint, talking to staff about the impact of professional learning and discussing with children and young people how well they are supported in school. Inspectors may comment on the use of physical intervention under Quality Indicator 2.1 (safeguarding and child protection). They may also report on any outcomes for children and young people including the application of guidance under Quality Indicator 3.1 (ensuring wellbeing, equality and inclusion).

117. In line with child protection guidance, should the use of restraint raise concerns about the safety and wellbeing of one or more child or young person, inspectors would follow local child protection procedures and consider onward referrals to social work or the police.



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