The publication follows action taken by the Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland (EHRC) and the office of the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS).
An investigation by CYPCS last year found that the use of restraint and seclusion on pupils across Scotland was largely unmonitored, with glaring inconsistencies across local authorities.
Lynn Welsh, head of legal at EHRC, said: “School ought to be a place of sanctuary and safety for all children.
“All staff must have clear and robust guidance to underpin their practice and ensure that children are supported to reach their full potential, regardless of background, health and ability, while having their human rights upheld and respected
“Across Scotland, guidance and policies on the use of restraint and seclusion in schools have been inconsistent at best and totally inadequate at their worst.”
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