Safety first on challenging behaviour
by Bernard Harbor

Fórsa has highlighted the need for the education department to put safety first when drawing up guidelines for managing challenging behaviour in classrooms.

The union says all staff – including SNAs and school secretaries – require training in any new measures, and says the health and safety of workers needs to be addressed.

A Department of Education and Science consultation about proposed new guidelines is currently underway. It’s looking at a range of issues including the legal limits of necessary restraint and the potential use of seclusion to de-escalate crisis situations.

The guidance will be applicable to all students.

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