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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14459: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 7 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it issues regarding the use of restraint and seclusion of children in schools.

Answered by: John Swinney 20 February 2018

The Scottish Government published ‘Included, Engaged and Involved Part 2: A Positive Approach to Preventing and Managing School Exclusions’ in June 2017. This refreshed guidance includes information on seclusion and restraint, and also guidance on recording and monitoring such incidents. The section on restraint and seclusion was approved by the Scottish Advisory Group on Relationships and Behaviours in Schools (SAGRABIS) to be included in the publication.

The Scottish Government also has produced guidance ‘Holding Safely’ on the use of restraint in residential settings, which is also applicable in schools and other establishments. This was refreshed in 2013.