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NICCY Review of Restraint and Seclusion in Educational Settings


NICCY undertook a rights-based review on the use of Restraint and Seclusion in Educational Settings and have made 15 recommendations. 

Our Review provided evidence from a range of stakeholders including schools, professionals and parents regarding Restraint and Seclusion in schools in Northern Ireland. The Review will include clear recommendations to the Minister for Education and Department of Education on updating its guidance and support for school settings to ensure:

  • Seclusion is no longer used in educational settings.
  • Restraint is only used as a last resort only when the child or others are at risk, and its use is recorded and reported, and parents are fully informed.
  • Children’s rights are considered and protected at all times during any use of physical intervention using restrictive practices.
You can find out more by reading our press release from the launch here

You can view the event launch using the link below:


Advisory Group

Its membership includes Professionals in Education and Health, Academics, Representatives from NI Public Services Ombudsman, Children’s and Young People's Commissioner Scotland, Children’s Law Centre, and most importantly Parent Representatives.

Terms of Reference (ToR)

The TOR of Restraint and Seclusion sets the policy and legal context and human rights framework which outlines NICCY’s rights based review.  The TOR outline issues with current practices and highlights the aims of the review and the methodology in which NICCY will conduct its research.  Finally, the TOR outlines NICCY’s Advisory Group brief and timeline for the report to be launched.

For more information on the Terms of Reference for this project click here.

More Information

If you would like to contact NICCY for more information, please email Fiona Cole, Policy and Research Officer on fionac@niccy.org.

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