Seclusion and Restraint: What we know, what we need to do and why it is important.

What do we know?

What we need?

  • We need schools to understand the behavior is communication.
  • We need schools to manage challenging behaviors proactively.
  • We need schools to adopt policy and practices for solving challenging behaviors.
  • We need schools to change culture and practice in terms of interventions.
  • We need schools to provide appropropriate training for teachers and staff.
  • We need schools to be accountable and transparent to the communities they serve.
  • We need schools to ban seclusion in our schools.

Why is it important?

  • This issue is important because the school-to-prison pipeline is a real problem and aversive interventions such as seclusion and restraint contribute.
  • This issue is important because seclusion and restraint leads to trauma in students, teachers and staff.
  • This issue is important because children have died due to the use of physical restraint.
  • Simply put it’s the right thing to do and we need to take action.

There are better ways to address challenging behaviors to prevent or eliminate the need for seclusion and restraint, here are a couple recommendations for our schools:

  • Consider a trauma-informed, evidence-based, proactive approach, such as The Collaborative Proactive Solutions (CPS) Model.
  • Consider crisis based interventions that do not rely on restraint and seclusion, such as the Ukeru System developed by the Grafton Network.
  • Consider implementing restorative practices throughout our schools, this is an approach is gaining traction in education.
  • Consider implementing a positive behavior interventions and supports framework with fidelity in our schools.
  • Consider working with families in the community to understand their concerns and meet the needs of all the children in our schools.

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