The Children and Young Peoples Commissioner for Human Rights (CYPCS 2018) published the results of their investigation into the use of restraint and seclusion in Scotland’s schools on 15.12.18. Their investigation focused on the reporting and recording of restraint and seclusion reflecting concerns raised by the UN CRC and by parents regarding the use of such interventions. CALM will respond directly to the CYPCS whose full report can be accessed via the  CYPCS website www.cypcs.org.uk but felt that urgent guidance for CALM using schools and Local Authorities was necessary as the report’s recommendations in one area caused us some concern in relation to the potential short term implications for some vulnerable children in some schools and authorities.

Attached below is CALM’s initial response to the report to support CALM using organisations. We welcome your comments on the document and are keen to stress CALM’s willingness to support you in your efforts to promote and achieve best practice for the Young People you support.