November 11, 2015

Teachers at the 'Pinch Point' of Restraint - TES View From Here 

Kai Pukarinen, assistant principal in a Victorian Special school, speaks to TES about his experiences of managing behaviours that are challenging.

He says that media in the state of Victoria has put the spotlight on the issue of the use of restraint and seclusion as a student management practice. There has been much debate, but the fact remains that principals, assistant principals, teachers and education support staff face situations everyday where there is legitimately a high risk of danger to themselves and to the students in their care.  Real discussion needs to happen on how schools can support students with challenging behaviours when a risk to health and safety has been identified.

He goes on to mantion A 2012 report from the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission which indicated that 514 educators had reported using restraint.  Half of those educators felt their training was inadequate to deal with the situation. 

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