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Shouldn't School Be Safe?

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A parent's guide on prevention, detection and response to restraint, seclusion or other aversive interventions.

The process of finding help when a child is abused is not always clear, and many parents are discouraged or overwhelmed by the patchwork of laws and regulations handling restraint and seclusion in schools. Shouldn't School Be Safe? is a free resource developed for parents and by parents that offers insight and advice to respond to and prevent restraint and seclusion.



State-by-State Summary of Laws, Regulations and Guidance on Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

Report from the Department of Education


School Is Not Supposed to Hurt: 2010 Follow-up Report

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Follow-up report on the progress made since the 2009 report.


Seclusions and Restraints: Selected Cases of Death and Abuse at Public and Private Schools and Treatment Centers

Testimony by the Government Accountability Office GAO-09-719T
pdf File GAO Testimony - Restraint & Seclusion in Schools [download]


CRS Report: The Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Public Schools: The Legal Issues

This report from the Congressional Research Service outlines the legal implications of the use of restraint and seclusion in public schools.

pdf File CRS Report [download]


School Is Not Supposed to Hurt

Report on Restraint and Seclusion in Schools by the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

NDRN released this report on January 15, 2009, detailing deaths and physical and emotional injuries to students related to the use of restraint and seclusion. The report also outlines inconsistent state laws, lack of training for teachers, and little government oversight or investigation of the issue.



Debunking the Myths of Restraint and Seclusion

From the Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Interventions and Seclusion (APRAIS)
pdf File APRAIS myths and realities.pdf [download]
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