May 14, 2024
Mason urges education minister to ensure proper oversight for restrictive practices in schoolsx

Sinn Féin MLA Cathy Mason has urged the education minister to ensure there is proper oversight and accountability in relation to the use of restrictive practices in schools.

Speaking after meeting with parents today, the South Down MLA said:

“Today we heard the heartbreaking story of Harry, whose parents are tirelessly campaigning for the introduction of a law to ban the dehumanising use of restrictive practices.

“Restrictive practices in schools can leave children feeling isolated and can cause significant stress and trauma for young people and their families. If incidents do take place, they must be properly recorded and parents should be informed.

“Statutory guidance banning these practices is welcome, but there also must ensure there is proper oversight and accountability.

“We also must ensure staff receive the appropriate training so they are equipped with the necessary skills to respond to challenging situations with pupils in schools.”

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