ERIC Number: ED536792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Reference Count: 2
CCBD's Position Summary on Physical Restraint & Seclusion Procedures in School Settings
Peterson, Reece; Albrecht, Susan; Johns, Bev
Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (NJ3)
This document is a summary of policy recommendations from two longer and more detailed documents available from the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD) regarding the use of physical restraint and seclusion procedures in schools. These recommendations include: (1) CCBD believes that physical restraint or seclusion procedures should be used in school settings only when the physical safety of the student or others is in immediate danger; (2) Mechanical or chemical restraints should never be used in school settings when their purpose is simply to manage or address student behavior; (3) Neither restraints nor seclusion should be used as a punishment to force compliance or as a substitute for appropriate educational support; (4) All seclusion environments should be safe and humane and should be inspected at least annually, not only by fire or safety inspectors but for programmatic implementation of guidelines and data related to its use; and (5) CCBD calls for additional research regarding the use of physical restraint and seclusion with students across all settings.
Descriptors: Behavior Disorders, Position Papers, Student Behavior, Discipline, Behavior Modification, Safety, Intervention, Educational Policy, Discipline Policy, Guidelines, Standards
Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders. Council for Exceptional Children, 1110 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22201-5704. Tel: 651-470-1128; Fax: 612-276-0142; Web site: http://www.ccbd.net
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders.