Education and Training Act 2020

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101 Guidelines on use of physical restraint and behaviour management at registered schools


The Secretary must, by notice in the Gazette, issue guidelines on the use of physical restraint and behaviour management at registered schools.


The guidelines must include—


best practice examples of—


how to use physical restraint safely; and


how to assess significant emotional distress; and


understanding, and responding safely to, behaviour; and


a framework for decision making and problem solving to prevent, de-escalate, and safely respond to disruptive or assaultive behaviour; and


advice on assessing behaviour escalation levels that precede imminent harm to health, safety, or well-being.


When developing guidelines under this section, the Secretary must make reasonable efforts to consult—


children and young people, in particular those who are Māori and those with disabilities or learning support needs:


parents, whānau, and caregivers:


national bodies representing the interests of—






governing bodies of schools:




the disability community.


Employers, principals, persons holding a teaching position, and authorised staff members at registered schools must have regard to the guidelines.

Compare: 1989 No 80 s 139AE

Section 101(4): amended, on 16 December 2021, by section 7 of the Education and Training Amendment Act 2021 (2021 No 58).