What can I do?

If my child is being restrained and/or secluded?

A question we commonly get at the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint is what can I do if my child is being restrained and/or secluded at school? First, you need to know that you are not alone, other parents are going through this as well, and we have a community that is here to help. Next, the use of restraint and seclusion can lead to significant trauma, injury, and even death. If you are concerned about the safety of your child do what you must to ensure their safety, this should be a top priority. Finally, though you may feel powerless, it is important to understand that you can impact change, there are things that you can do to make a difference. Here are a few actions you can take to influence change:

This is not an exhaustive list of all the things that you can do, but hopefully, it will provide a starting point. Take action, any action you can! It is important that you stand up for the civil, constitutional, and human rights of your child. We need to try to change policies and laws in our local school systems, our states and across the country. There are far better ways to work with behaviorally challenging children that are in fact safer for all – the students, teachers, and staff. We can and must do better for our children!


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