Fears new guidelines will fail to outlaw potentially lethal restraint of children
Draft advice will be published within weeks by the Scottish Government – but is not expected to ban the face-down restraint.
The guidance will follow a 2018 report by Scotland’s Children and Young People’s Commissioner Bruce Adamson which raised grave concerns about the restraint of children in schools, including those with disabilities and additional support needs, after hearing from children left injured or traumatised.
Experts are concerned the guidelines will not be enforced by law, and the most controversial restraint technique will still be allowed. Local authorities will also be left to draw up their own policies, despite previous cases involving prone restraint being used against disabled children and concerns over how incidents are logged and reviewed.
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