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Duties to report restraint in schools must now be brought into force

Monday 22nd of July 2019 | Europe, Royaume-Uni
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The Guardian newspaper recently reported on children’s harrowing experiences of restraint in special schools. Calum, aged 11, came home from school with his clothes in a plastic bag. He was not wearing any underwear. His mum noticed bruises on his upper arms the next day, and asked what had happened. Calum replied: “Teacher hurt arm. Wet on the floor.”

A later incident left him with 63 bruises and handprints on a shoulder and each ankle. The doctor who examined Calum suggested the police be informed. Calum’s mother discovered her boy’s injuries were caused by restraint, and that he had been strapped into a chair with an egg-timer in front of him.

Another child attending a special school, Michelle, had been secluded in a small, locked room on a daily basis in her secondary school. It was only through freedom of information (FOI) requests that her mum discovered she had been restrained in primary school.

Over a period of five hours a third child, Adam, was restrained on nine separate occasions – and responded by spitting, kicking and throwing gravel at staff. The police were called. Adam, 12, was pinned down, handcuffed and put in a spit hood and detained in a police station until the early hours. He was convicted of criminal damage and six counts of actual bodily harm on staff.

FOI requests by Adam’s parents told them he had been restrained when he came down from a tree. He had climbed it with a rope threatening to hang himself.

Never-enacted legislation

The Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 requires the recording and reporting of significant incidents of use of force in schools and further education colleges.

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