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S5W-14458: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 7 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to hold a consultation on restraint and seclusion in schools, including its guidance on this, similar to the consultation that was launched by the UK Government in 2017.

Answered by: John Swinney 20 February 2018

The Scottish Government has no plans to hold a consultation on the guidance around restraint and seclusion in schools.

In June 2017 we published refreshed guidance ‘Included, Engaged and Involved Part 2: A Positive Approach to Preventing and Managing School which contains information on seclusion and restraint and guidance on recording and monitoring such incidents.

The section on restraint and seclusion was reviewed and approved by the Scottish Advisory Group on Relationships and Behaviours in Schools (SAGRABIS), whose members include representatives from the main teaching unions including Scottish Council of Deans of Education, Association of Headteachers and Deputies Scotland, Educational Institute of Scotland, UNISON and Scottish Secondary Teachers Association.

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.