Consultation on physical restraint rules and guidelines

Closed 3 Apr 2022

Opened 23 Nov 2021


Kia ora and welcome to the consultation on the draft rules and guidelines on physical restraint.

We know happy, healthy children who feel safe learn better. We have heard from schools, parents, whānau, and the disability community that the current rules and guidelines on physical restraint need to provide more practical guidance and clarity about when physical restraint can be used and how to prevent it, to better protect children and young people from harm.

The Physical Restraint Advisory Group (the Advisory Group) was established in September 2020 to help the Ministry of Education update the rules and guidelines following changes to the law around the use of physical restraint in the Education and Training Act 2020. The Advisory Group includes representatives of parents, the education sector and disability communities.

The Advisory Group has proposed a new draft set of rules and guidelines. We want to hear from schools, kura, teachers, non-teaching staff, learning support specialists, disabled people, children and young people and their parents and whānau about whether these new draft rules and guidelines will work, what changes might be needed, and whether there are any gaps or other issues that need considering.

Submissions are open from 23 November 2021 until 31 March 2022. When the survey period has closed, the Ministry will work with the Advisory Group to consider everyone’s feedback before finalising the rules and guidelines for publication.