NUT comment on report on restraint of children

Commenting on the report by the Children’s Rights Director, Children’s views on restraint, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Children in the report recognise that there will always be times when adults in the classroom will need to use physical restraint. The NUT agrees with this.

“While the law does not carry with it the expectation that teachers should intervene it does outline situations when teachers are entitled to intervene to keep pupils safe. This will depend on the circumstances of the situation and on the professional judgements of teachers. The NUT advises teachers not to intervene unless in their judgment it is unavoidable so as to prevent serious harm.

“The particular training needs for each school will vary in the light of their particular circumstances. Classroom teachers need more support in the area of pupil behaviour; most would welcome refresher training on de-escalation techniques and time to discuss these challenges with their colleagues.”

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