New rules for using physical restraint in schools

first_imgMinistry of Education 21 Aug 2017New rules have come into force which require schools to notify, monitor and report on the use of physical restraint.Schools should be, and usually are, a safe and happy place. But there are times when things risk getting out of control and someone needs to step in.On rare occasions a student may need to be physically restrained and new rules have now been issued to give greater clarity about when it is okay to do so.To be clear, the use of physical restraint is a last resort. It is far better to prevent dangerous situations developing or using de-escalation techniques to calm things down, but that’s not always possible.The legislation says that a teacher or authorised staff member can use physical restraint if he or she reasonably believes that there is a serious and imminent risk to the safety of the student or others, and the physical restraint must be reasonable and proportionate in the circumstances. Situations where it may be appropriate include:Breaking up a fightStopping a student from moving in with a weaponStopping a student who is throwing furniture close to others who could be injuredPreventing a student from running onto a road.The rules [PDF, 847 KB] have requirements for schools to notify monitor and report on the use of physical restraint.Physical restraint is a serious intervention and when it is used schools now need to notify the Ministry of Education and the employer (board of trustees, sponsor of a partnership school kura hourua, or manager of a private school). This new requirement will allow us to provide appropriate support to schools and students, and update the rules and guidelines if needed to address emerging issues.If you have an incident of physical restraint at your school you’ll need to complete a form and send it to [email protected] You can also email any queries about the rules to the same address.Download the form [DOCX, 53 KB]If schools feel they would benefit from training in this area, a workshop, Understanding Behaviour, Responding Safely, is available to all schools. It focuses on prevention and de-escalation strategies and is run by experienced behaviour management specialists (who also offer ongoing support). Any school interested in the workshop should contact their local Ministry of Education office.Some of the students with the most challenging behaviours will have specific physical intervention and restraint techniques in their individual student plans. Where the Ministry is part of the team supporting such a student specific training for staff in using those techniques is available.New (September 2017) and updated Guidelines for Registered Schools in New Zealand on the Use of Physical Restraint [PDF, 279 KB] are now available.last_img read more

UN Peacekeepers in Haiti Fathered and Abandoned Hundreds of Children

first_imgPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – According to a report in British publication, The Times, United Nations peacekeepers stationed in Haiti since the 2010 devastating earthquake, fathered hundreds of children then abandoned their young mothers to lives of poverty.According to report, a study into the UN’s longest peacekeeping mission said girls as young as age 11 would trade sex for food or ‘a few coins’ so they could survive amid political turmoil and the aftermath of the earthquake.After facing sexual abuse and impregnation, these girls and young women were ‘left in misery’ to raise their children by themselves, The Times reported.Due to the prevalence of the problem, locals have dubbed these children “Petit Minustah” after the acronym for the mission to Haiti between 2004 and 2017, United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti.The research study’s team was led by Sabine Lee, from the University of Birmingham, and between June and August 2017 they conducted more than 2,500 interviews with people living close to UN bases in Haiti.According to the newspaper, the issue of UN babies was raised, unprompted, over 250 times.The research claims that soldiers from 12 countries have been identified as fathering and abandoning the children.While admitting it was impossible to give a definitive number of peacekeeper-fathered children, Professor Lee said “most researchers and NGO officials would agree that hundreds is a credible estimate, adding that “it’s a pervasive issue, not isolated cases.”“The multitude of stories and the fact that sexual exploitation, abuse and the existence and abandonment of peacekeeper-fathered children appeared over and over again in the stories indicates that this is a very significant problem.”Controversy is nothing new to UN’s Haiti mission, since troops from Nepal were blamed for accidentally sparking the cholera outbreak which killed 10,000 people following the 2010 earthquake and 114 Sri Lankan soldiers were sent home admid child sex allegations.last_img read more