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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02922: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 16 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish stand-alone guidance on de-escalation, restraint, and physical intervention of children at school and, if so, when.

Answered by: John Swinney 27 September 2016

In addition, ‘Holding Safely’ (updated 2013) Scottish Government guidance on the use of restraint in residential settings (which is applicable in schools and other establishments) is available.

This refreshed guidance will be published 2016-17.

This government have committed to include guidance on the use of restraint (for all children, including children with complex additional support needs), in the context of de-escalation as part of early intervention approaches in our refreshed guidance ‘Included, Engaged and Involved Part two: A Positive Approach to Preventing and Managing School Exclusions’.