New guidance on restraint and seclusion in schools

Human rights guidance on restraint and seclusion in schools is to be published in a bid to protect some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children. Tes reports.

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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  1. Christopher smith

    Schools should be obliged to offer parents an opt out of uniform. The uniform policy has no legality anyway. Offensive dress is covered by the law and schools can apply that as befits their public remit. The part a-legal uniform policies play in exclusions, disaffection, truancy, unnecessary defiance and confrontation must be investigated. Making uniform voluntary in State Schools would defuse the problem at a stroke. Not all parents support uniform, as the DfE knows. Access to education is decided by our laws, not parental or teacher prejudice. Want uniform, go private.

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