Children with disabilities: restraint and seclusion in schools


The Challenging Behaviour Foundation has published a report looking at the use of restrictive interventions on disabled children and young people aged 0-25 in schools. Restrictive interventions can include: physical restraint, mechanical restraint, seclusion, blanket restrictions, and chemical restraint. Findings from data from 566 case studies collected by Positive and Active Behaviour Support Scotland (PABSS), and results from a Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) survey completed by 204 families include: 88% of the respondents to the CBF survey said their disabled child had experienced physical restraint, with 35% reporting it happening regularly; the PABSS case studies included 1,058 reports of restraint and 544 reports of seclusion.

Source:  Challenging Behaviour Foundation  Date: 31 January 2019

Further information: Reducing restrictive intervention of children and young people: case study and survey results (PDF)