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(UK) N. Lanarkshire: 3 schools cited for poor treatment of kids with social/emotional issues

Dec 23, 2019, Motherwell Times: Inspectorate’s concerns over special schools in Motherwell, Uddingston and Coatbridge https://www.motherwelltimes.co.uk/education/inspectorate-s-concerns-over-special-schools-in-motherwell-uddingston-and-coatbridge-1-5066256 Three North Lanarkshire special schools have received harsh assessments from inspectors…. Clydeview School, hit the headlines last March as North Lanarkshire Council called in police to investigate allegations of use of improper restraint involving an autistic child. This resulted in four members of staff being suspended…. In the report from this further inspection they wrote: “A number of children display challenging behaviour as a result of their social and emotional needs. This leads to a significant number of incidents of conflict and disruption to learning on a regular basis. Staff’s approaches to promoting positive behaviour are not having an impact on improving relationships and behaviour across the school.” Inspectors called for the adoption of alternative approaches to seclusion which has resulted in former seclusion areas being adapted for play to promote positive behaviour, but they feel too much use is still being made of physical interventions. The inspectors noted additional staff training in areas such as understanding trauma and de-escalation approaches to challenging behaviour, and called for them to implement this into better support for the children. …