Reducing the use of physical intervention and restraint in special schools – one academy’s story

Maria Taylor, Co Principal, on Wishmore Cross Academy’s aim of reducing restraint and physical intervention, including the justification behind the plan, and the results.

The use of restrictive physical interventions has been, and still is, common practice in many special schools.

It is used with pupils who have social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH), those who display extreme behaviour in association with learning disability and/or autistic spectrum disorders or for pupils with severe behavioural difficulties in some mainstream settings.

The blog was published on the Pearson website in 2016 and is available to read in full here:

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