Effective student behaviour management - the board's role
Ko tā te poari tūnga whakahaere tōtika i te whanonga ākonga
Seclusion of a child or young person is no longer an acceptable tool in student behaviour management, and physical restraint is a serious intervention that should only be used in circumstances where it is absolutely necessary.
Read on to find out more about the board's responsibilities and what support is available for the school when dealing with challenging student behaviour.
What is physical restraint?
Physical restraint is defined as using force to prevent, restrict or subdue the movement of the whole or part of a student's body, against the student's will. It's a serious intervention. Its use is limited to teachers or authorised staff members and only where:
- the physical restraint is necessary to prevent imminent harm to the student or another person
- the teacher or authorised staff member reasonably believe that there is no other option available in the circumstances to prevent the harm
- the physical restrain is reasonable and proportionate in the circumstances.
What happens where there is a complaint?
For complaints about a staff member’s use of physical restraint, the school’s concerns and complaints process is followed. If the complaint is escalated to the board, contact the school’s insurer and NZSTA Advisory and Support Centre, option 2 (employment). For more information about responding to complaints, visit Dealing with complaints effectively.
Physical restraint resources
Template for Delegated Authority to use Physical Restraint (for use by staff excluding teachers)