Dealing with children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN), as with any children, can be challenging. Physical restraint, however, should only be used in situations with no alternative.

Working with many parents of children with SEN this is an issue which is raised all too often. Restraint isn't limited to children and young people with SEN, however, it does seem prevalent in special schools, particularly those catering for Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.

More should be done to deal with the underlying issues which lead children to the behaviours requiring restraint. There needs to be a full understanding of the child/young person's needs to avoid these situations wherever possible.

Hopefully better record keeping will allow for a full analysis and better understanding of the issue.