Use of reasonable force

Use of reasonable force


Non-statutory advice from the Department for Education is intended to provide clarification on the use of force to help school staff feel more confident about using this power when they feel it is necessary and to make clear the responsibilities of Headteachers and Governing boards in respect of this power.

Governing boards are advised to:

  • consider the guidance on developing a school policy on the use of force to control, or restrain pupils
  • develop the school's own policy in consultation with staff, parents and pupils
  • include the agreed policy as an appendix to the school behaviour policy
  • publicise the policy to families during the admissions process

Local guidance

BCC Policy on Behaviour and use of physical intervention in education settings

Child protection procedures appendices

DfE guidance

Use of reasonable force advice

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