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ERIC Number: EJ852906
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0271-6062
Seclusion and Restraint Practices under Scrutiny
Principal, v89 n1 p38-41 Sep-Oct 2009
It's a call every principal dreads: A student loses control and is endangering himself or herself, other students, teachers, and staff. Responding quickly--and appropriately--requires clear thinking, comprehensive training, and knowledge of sound policies and techniques. Even then, seclusion and restraint practices can be controversial. A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office study on the use of seclusion and restraint in schools reported hundreds of allegations that children have been abused, and some even died, as a result of inappropriate uses of these practices. Further, the GAO study claimed that the practices were used disproportionately on children with disabilities. Following the report, U.S. Rep. George A. Miller, D-California, chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, convened a hearing to investigate the study's findings. The Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children, distributed two extensive position papers to the committee. This article presents a summary of the papers' key points and recommendations, offered with the intention of providing additional insight to principals. (Contains 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A