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Restrictive practices

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Restrictive practices are the use of interventions or strategies that have the effect of restricting the rights or freedom of movement of a student.

The restrictive practices procedure prescribes:

  • when restrictive practices are permitted to be used in state schools
  • the reporting, notification and oversight obligations of state schools staff, principals and the principal’s supervisor or delegate
  • the obligations of state schools staff and principals to manage at risk behaviours of students with the aim of preventing the use of restrictive practices.

Generally, restrictive practices permitted under the procedure must only be used where:

  • the restrictive practice is reasonable in the circumstances, and
  • there is no less restrictive measure available to respond to the behaviour in the circumstances.

For more information regarding the restrictive practices procedure in Queensland state schools refer to the fact sheets below:

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Last updated 18 March 2020