Survey for Parents: Restraint and Seclusion in Schools
Inclusion BC is conducting a survey for parents and guardians of students with special needs.
In 2013, Inclusion BC and the Family Support Institute launched an initiative to address growing reports of children being subjected to restraint and seclusion in BC schools. A provincial survey indicated these practices were frequent, often leading to physical and emotional trauma, and causing many families to pull their children from the public school system. We urged the Ministry of Education to take firm action to eliminate or severely limit such practices and to require formal documentation and reporting of all incidents.
The Education Ministry responded with new provincial guidelines that called on school boards and independent school authorities to review and/or develop policies and practices based on the provincial guidelines, and to ensure that employees are informed about them. Our research shows that only 1/3 of School Boards have done so.
Since there is still no reporting requirement, we are asking parents/guardians to complete this 10 – 15-minute survey reviewing current practices. Responses will remain completely anonymous and will drive Inclusion BC’s ongoing advocacy to eliminate such practices while improving training and supports within our schools. Take the survey