Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill: consultation

Closes 21 Apr 2024

Restraint and Seclusion

We know that neurodivergent children and young people and those with learning disabilities can have negative experiences at school where restraint or seclusion is used in response to distressed behaviour.

We know that adults in certain settings, including hospital or care settings, may also have negative experiences as a result of restraint or seclusion being used inappropriately.

It is not acceptable for neurodivergent people and people with learning disabilities, or anyone else, to be subject to the misuse of restraint, seclusion or other restrictive practices. This can lead to increased and unnecessary distress and trauma.

What can we do about it?

We have committed to exploring options for legislation in this area that would apply equally to all schools (education authority, independent and grant-aided). This includes the option of statutory guidance.  

However, we do not think that the Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence (LDAN) Bill would be the right place to do this because it would need to apply to all children and young people, and not just neurodivergent children and young people and children and young people with learning disabilities. 

Please tell us what you think.

Related information

Consultation Questions

The questions in this document refer to information contained in our consultation document and various alternative formats which can all be found here

You need only answer questions in the sections most relevant to you.

Do you agree with this approach?