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Action needed in BC to end use of seclusion and restraint in schools

Summary: 
A disturbing case in an Alberta school has prompted the Alberta Ministry of Education to commit to binding guidelines regulating the use of seclusion and restraint in schools.

Read the media report here.

Inclusion BC Executive Director Karla Verschoor spoke with the Star Metro about our two reports documenting the practice in BC.  

BC continues calling on the BC Ministry of Education to act quickly to end the use of seclusion and restrain in BC schools. 

After a 2013 BC report showed evidence of widespread, systemic use of restraint and seclusion in BC schools, the Ministry of Education introduced voluntary guidelines for school districts to implement policies. But a follow up report published in 2017 showed that the guidelines had done little to curb the practice.

Parents continue to report incidents and only one third of BC school districts have adopted policies since the guidelines were introduced.

Inclusion BC will be meeting with the Minister of Education Rob Fleming in October, where we will bring up these and other urgent issues. We were encouraged by the Minister's comments in the media in the Spring, when he committed to having every school district introduce clear policies and guidelines by the end of 2018.

What is needed

Inclusion BC is asking the Ministry of Education to act quickly and implement mandatory guidelines that will ensure:

  • Regulatory oversight
  • Clear, binding standards
  • Adequate supports and training