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Freedom of Information Request

Restrictive Interventions in Schools

Received: 13 February 2020

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to request answers to the following questions. This is a FOI request and should be responded to within 20 working days with reference to the FOI Act.
1. Please provide details of the total number and types of restrictive interventions used by schools maintained in your authority in the years 2017-2019.

For the avoidance of doubt, this request includes seclusion, segregation and deprivation of liberty, as well as all forms of restraint.

Please provide the data broken down by school; and by year and month if possible.
If you cannot break the data down specifically by school, then please justify why this is the case and break it down by type of school (e.g. special school, etc).
2. Please provide the names of any companies or other bodies which have provided training in restrictive interventions (including training that includes guidance on how to carry out any kind of physical intervention), in schools maintained in your authority from 2017-2019. Please note that some training providers offer this training within packages of 'positive behaviour handling/support'.

Please break the data down by school; and by year, and month if possible.If you cannot break the data down specifically by school, then please justify why this is the case and break it down by type of school (e.g. special school, etc).

3. Please say how much your authority has spent on such training.

4. Please provide the number of injuries caused during restrictive interventions in schools maintained in your authority from 2017-2019.

Please break the data down by school; and by year, and month if possible.
If you cannot break the data down specifically by school, then please justify why this is the case and break it down by type of school (e.g. special school, etc).

5. Please provide the number of formal complaints made by parents about restrictive interventions to you about schools maintained in your authority 2017-2019. Please break the data down by school; and by year, and month if possible.

If you cannot break the data down specifically by school, then please justify why this is the case and break it down by type of school (e.g. special school, etc).

6. Please provide any and all formal complaints (i.e. the documents themselves) made by parents about restrictive interventions about schools maintained in your authority in 2017-2019. These could be in whatever format the complaints are submitted to the school/authority, whether in a letter, email or specialised format such as a form.

Although such complaints may include personal information, they are still disclosable under FOI because they are information recorded by the authority. I understand that you may make redactions to protect personal information but I ask that you redact only exempted information and justify the use of those exemptions.

I also kindly remind you that the time taken for redactions does not usually contribute towards the cost cap under FOI.

7. Please give the number of Reasonable Use of Force reports made in schools maintained in your authority from 2017-2019. For the avoidance of doubt, this refers to reports written by staff around use of force incidents. The institutions within your authority may use a different name to describe them. Please break the data down by school; and by year, and month if possible.

8. Please provide the Reasonable Use of Force reports (i.e. the documents themselves) made in schools maintained in your authority from 2017-2019.

9. Please provide your authority's policy on the use of restrictive interventions. If you do not have one, please explain why.

Outcome / Documents

  • Response (some not held) - application/pdf - Download

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