Statement: We welcome Scottish Government’s commitment to new guidance on restraint and seclusion

In a statement, Nick Hobbs, Head of Advice and Investigations, said: “Our investigation made clear that the use of restraint and seclusion on children is a human rights issue. Without national guidance on restraint and seclusion to both support staff and protect children, the Scottish Government was in breach of its human rights obligations.

“We were pleased to work with the Equality and Human Rights Commission to use our legal powers to effect the changes necessary to better protect children.

“We welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to develop the new guidance with children and families, to review it after a year and to create a clear way to monitor restraint and seclusion. We need to get this right to ensure that fewer children are subject to inhumane and degrading treatment at school.”

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