Hundreds of ’restraint injuries’ at special schools

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Hundreds of ’restraint injuries’ at special schools
Of those that did, there were 6,262 reports of restraints, resulting in 360 injuries in the past three years
• In Scotland, 17 out of 32 local authorities provided data, reporting 4,383 restraints and 157 injuries
• In Wales, 11 out of 22 local authorities provided data, reporting 2,182 restraints and 214 injuries
• The Education Authority of Northern Ireland told the BBC they did not hold the information
The Local Government Association said it takes safeguarding responsibilities “extremely seriously”
but “the current system works on the basis that schools…have the primary responsibility”.
The 5 live investigation found less than one fifth of local authorities in England, Scotland
and Wales held any data about the use of restraint in special schools in their area.
A Freedom of Information request to local authorities in England, Scotland
and Wales revealed 13,000 physical restraints in the past three years, resulting in 731 injuries.
[Source: Department for Education]
Mark Oldman is the head of Millgate School, a special school in Leicester for 11-16 year old boys who’ve
been excluded from one or more other schools, mostly for physically and verbally abusing staff.
• In England, only nine out of 153 local authorities provided the BBC with figures.

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