Mind: Isolation punishment can damage mental health

Mental health charity calls for government to urgently provide ‘proper guidance on the use of seclusion and isolation rooms’, TES is reporting.

The mental health charity Mind has warned that the use of isolation to punish pupils can potentially damage their mental health.

Sophie Corlett, the charity’s director of external relations, told Tes: “The use of isolation as a punishment is inappropriate and likely to fall disproportionately on pupils with mental health problems, especially those displaying challenging behaviour.”

The government has promised to publish revised guidance by the summer of 2020, but Ms Corlett called for swifter action.

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