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(UK) Northern Ireland children's commissioner calls for 'tougher' restraint/seclusion laws

June 11, 2019, BBC News: (Northern Ireland) Pupil restraint and seclusion laws 'must be made tougher' https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-48594662 The Northern Ireland children's commissioner has called for tougher laws on when a child can be physically restrained at school. Koulla Yiasouma said there was no legal requirement for schools to record or report uses of restraint and seclusion. The Department of Education (DE) said all incidents involving the use of reasonable force must be recorded by schools. However the recording of such incidents is not a legal obligation. BBC News NI spoke to one mother who alleged her son was strapped into a chair at his special school without her knowledge. … Harry has no mobility issues, but is autistic and non-verbal…. Ms Shakespeare has also called for the laws on child restraint in Northern Ireland to be toughened. According to the Department of Education: "All incidents involving the use of reasonable force must be recorded by schools." "However, the recording of such incidents is not a legal obligation." … Department of Education guidance on the use of reasonable force said it should only be used to restrain or control a pupil "as a last resort, only when other behaviour management strategies have failed and when the pupil, other pupils, members of staff or property are at risk or when the pupil is seriously compromising good order and discipline."… "We need tougher and clearer structures and processes in Northern Ireland."