Ireland’s 20-year-old guidance on restraint and seclusion of school children under scrutiny

    Calls for focus to be placed upon staff training and therapeutic-based positive behaviour strategies

      • Sector News
    • 10.08.21

    Assembly members in Ireland have called for urgent new guidance to be developed on the restraint and seclusion of school children - particularly those with additional needs.

    The motion, drawn up by education committee chairman Chris Lyttle of the Alliance Party, would make it compulsory for schools to report to parents and the Education Authority when they restrained or isolated a pupil.

    It also calls for Education Minister Peter Weir and his department to urgently develop "up-to-date statutory guidance on therapeutic-based, non-aversive, positive behaviour strategies".

    There have also been calls for funded mandatory training for all staff working directly with young people, statutory guidance on restraint definitions as well as last resort definitions, and human rights-based guidance in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    The motion follows evidence heard earlier this year from the mother, Deirdre Shakespeare, from Harry's Law campaign, who said she only realised how much her son was being restrained at his special school after seeing a photo diary.

    It also highlighted concern at the lack of statutory guidance from the Department of Education on the use of restrictive intervention, particularly on those with physical or learning disabilities.

    Irish News: Education committee calls on minister to urgently develop new guidance on restraint and seclusion

    Maybo perspective

    Deidre shares such a powerful story about her son Harry’s experience and has done an amazing job in supporting him and championing change.

    There is a really positive initiative being embraced across the UK and Ireland with the Restraint Reduction Network (RRN), but we are yet to see Department for Education support for this.

    The agenda seems to swing between zero tolerance of ‘assaults’ on teachers and respecting the human rights of our children. The reality is that through better understanding and meeting the needs of children we will reduce behaviours of concern, restrictive practices and assaults on teachers. This is the focus of Maybo and the programmes we have created for schools and children’s services.

    Get in touch

    If you would like to discuss how we can help you please get in touch with one of our experts today

    Australia & New Zealand

    +61 427 097 133

    Related ThoughtSpace items

    • Sector News

    20.07.21 | COVID 19 | health and safety |

    Reviewing pre-pandemic levels of safety and performance

    IOSH Magazine has published a useful guide that highlights the steps employers can take to review staff competence as they return to work...

    • Sector News

    13.07.21 | Healthcare | NHS staff | Covid-19

    Nurse burnout and lower staffing levels triggering episodes of escalated behaviour in patients

    After months of COVID strain, NHS burnout has become a widespread reality. Mental health problems have also quadrupled in NHS staff...

    • Maybo News
    • Expert Insights

    09.07.21 | Meet the team

    Supporting the provision of person-centred care and reducing restrictive practices

    Since joining Maybo in 2018, Jane Lee, Queensland and Western Australia Account Manager, has enjoyed supporting the provision of training...

    Discuss your training with one of our experts