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Question Without Notice No. 198 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 March 2019 by Hon Alison Xamon

Minister responding: Hon S.M. Ellery
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

SCHOOLS — BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT

198. Hon ALISON XAMON to the Minister for Education and Training:

I refer to the use of restrictive practices like restraint and seclusion in Western Australian public schools.

(1) Does the government aim to reduce the use of restrictive practices in schools?

(2) If yes to (1), what action is being taken?

(3) If no to (1),why not?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I provide this answer on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training, who is away from the chamber on urgent parliamentary business. I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The Department of Education's intention is to equip public school staff to effectively manage and de-escalate aggressive behaviour whenever possible. Physical restraint or protective isolation will remain as an option for use in public schools.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) From 2019, training in de-escalation techniques is being provided to all graduate teachers in public schools and the ''Physical Contact with Students'' guideline, revised in late 2018, provides clarity on expectations of public school staff, including the application of contact that may be considered restrictive in nature. Physical restraint and protective isolation will be employed only when a student's emotional and behavioural state presents an imminent risk of harm to self or others.