Physical Restraint and Intervention Policy
The aims of this policy are to:
- Explain the rights of staff to use physical restraint when necessary;
- Explain the circumstances in which physical restraint may be justified;
- Set out the recording and reporting system; and
- Explain the various responsibilities.
Powers of members of staff to restrain students by use of force
a. The Education and Inspections Act 2006 confirmed the right of staff to use 'such force as is reasonable’ for the purpose of preventing a student from:
- Committing an offence;
- Causing personal injury to, or damage to the property of, any person (including themselves); and
- Prejudicing the maintenance of good order and discipline.
b. The explanatory notes to the Act give an example of 'reasonable force' - leading a student by the arm to enforce an instruction to leave the class. However, nothing in the law concerning the use of reasonable force legitimises corporal punishment.
c. Where a school has students with known severe behavioural difficulties, only trained members of staff are allowed to use restraint techniques. No member of staff should physically restrain students exhibiting extremes of behaviour unless so trained.