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Children and Young People: Restrictive Intervention

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:58 pm on 25th April 2019.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons) 4:58 pm, 25th April 2019

I thank all hon. Members who have contributed to this debate, which included some powerful contributions. The personal testimony from Anne-Marie Trevelyan was telling, because the wonderful news is that her son is now at university. The Minister should note that, because not only will early intervention and positive behaviour support being embedded in the entire system give people the chance of a good life, but the state will save a fortune. That is why it is so important.

We need the guidance. It needs to have teeth and to be backed by proper accredited training and by mandatory recording and reporting across the system. The Government need to get on with that now, because we must end the scandal of children not being protected from abuse in the way that adults and those in health settings already are. It is unacceptable that children in residential schools and in other settings are not protected. As the shadow Minister said, the guidance must be comprehensive. There is no justification for leaving out some settings, such as mainstream schools. The guidance should apply to everyone.

Question put and agreed to.


That this House
calls on the Department for Education to urgently issue guidance on reducing the use of restrictive intervention of children and young people;
and further calls on Ofsted to change its guidance to inspectors to recognise the importance of seeking to avoid the use of those interventions with children and young people.