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. It's a serious intervention. Its use is limited to teachers or authorised staff members and only where:
- There are reasonable grounds to believe there is a serious and imminent risk to the safety of a student or any other person, and
- The restraint used 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)