Consultation about revised physical restraint guidelines
This is a heads up the consultation on physical restraint guidelines is opening soon.
The Physical Restraint Advisory Group (PRAG) - which is led by the Ministry of Education and includes representatives from the education sector, including the Teaching Council, and disability community - have met regularly since September 2020 and are close to releasing draft documents for consultation with you.
These draft documents include revised Rules and Guidelines and supporting material that have been updated to reflect legislative changes made to the physical restraint framework made last year.
As you can imagine, creating guidelines and scenarios is a really challenging task and the draft will need lots of constructive feedback from teachers to refine it. So, we wanted to let you know now it is coming so you can watch out for it.
The consultation period provides an important opportunity for tumuaki and kaiako in schools/kura to discuss and review the draft guidance material. We strongly encourage you to provide feedback about how the material can be improved to provide the clarity needed, so all teachers know when and how to:
safely and confidently use acceptable physical contact
prevent and de-escalate situations that could lead to imminent harm
if necessary, as a last resort, safely apply physical restraint to keep students, others and themselves safe.
We will keep you posted on the consultation period and where and when the draft material can be accessed.
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