Today, I spoke in Parliament about the need for detailed regulations for the use of restrictive intervention in schools. Far too many children with autism, learning difficulties or both are being subject to excessive interventions including physical restraint, isolation and medication. Often this is not discussed with families in advance or following the incident.
There are already clear guidelines for healthcare and residential settings. However, the Government has yet to publish guidance for schools and other education settings. This was promised in 2014 but has yet to be published. We urgently the Government to introduce clear guidance with a transparent monitoring system to protect vulnerable children from excessive intervention.