Restraint in mainstream settings and alternative provision

Closes 17 Oct 2019

Introduction

The Government has recently published guidance on reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention in special schools and health and social care settings. This guidance aims to help settings adopt a preventative approach to supporting children and young people whose behaviour challenges as a result of learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions or mental health difficulties.

It sets out the relevant laws and guidance, and provides a framework of core values and key principles to support:

  • A proactive approach to supporting children and young people whose behaviour challenges; and
  • A reduction in the need to use restraint and restrictive intervention.

The Department for Education is now seeking views on whether there is a need for further guidance on the use of restraint and restrictive intervention in mainstream schools, mainstream post-16 settings and educational settings offering alternative provision.

We advise that you read the recently published guidance for special schools and health and social care settings before completing this consultation. You can view the recently published guidance here.

Responses from the consultation will feed into work being undertaken as part of the Department’s commitment to publish clearer, more consistent guidance for schools on managing behaviour by summer 2020.