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Therapeutic-based positive behaviour strategies briefing paper

BASW NI has campaigned to highlight the lack of standardised policies and guidance from the Department of Education regarding use of restrictive practices and seclusion with children and young people with additional needs, including those with physical or learning disabilities. 

BASW NI supports the call for mandatory training for all staff working directly with children and young people with additional needs. We recommend interventions should be therapeutic in outcome and focus on positive behaviour support strategies, with restraint and seclusion used only as a last resort option.

The Association is pleased to support the following Northern Ireland Assembly Private Members' Motion tabled by Chris Lyttle MLA:

Restrictive Intervention and Seclusion of Children and Young People with Additional Needs

That this Assembly expresses concern at the lack of up to date standardised guidance from the Department of Education on the use of restrictive intervention and seclusion on children and young people with additional needs, including those with physical or learning disabilities; and calls on the Minister of Education to introduce, in partnership with teachers, parents and all other relevant stakeholders, up to date guidance on therapeutic-based positive behaviour strategies; and further calls on the Minister to fund mandatory training on this approach for all staff working directly with children and young people and mandatory recording and reporting of all incidents of restrictive intervention and seclusion.

In support of the motion, BASW NI has produced this short briefing paper explaining the nature of therapeutic-based positive behaviour strategies.