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Restraint and seclusion: applying DET guidelines is a Course

Restraint and seclusion: applying DET guidelines

Apr 29 - May 14, 2021

$600 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Friday 30 April 2021, 9.30 am to 1.00 pm 

Delivery mode

In person - ISV, 40 Rosslyn Street West Melbourne


This learning event is right for you if you work with children or young people who display behaviour that may warrant restraint/seclusion or have been in a position where you have had to restrain a child and you want to understand the current DET guidelines . 


The Department of Education and Training (DET) policy on restraint/seclusion, The Principles for Reduction and Elimination of Restraint and Seclusion in Victorian Government Schools, lists fifteen principles for determining the appropriate use of restraint/seclusion. These principles cover a range of issues including prevention, criteria for the use restraint/seclusion, de-escalation, training of staff and reporting of incidents following the use of restraint/seclusion. Specifically, Principal 2 states:

Physical restraint or seclusion must not be used except in situations where the student’s behaviour poses an imminent threat of physical harm or danger to self or others.

This program will provide teachers and other school staff with clear operational guidelines on what constitutes ‘imminent threat’ and therefore justifies the use of restraint/seclusion.

This learning event supports creating best practice toward meeting the following VRQA standard(s):

  • Care, Safety and Welfare of Students – Safe environment
  • Care, Safety and Welfare of Students – Child safety                                                                                    
  • The minimum standards for schools offering a senior secondary course – Student welfare.

Key takeaways              

  • clear understanding of DET policy on the use of restraint/seclusion
  • clear understanding of what constitutes ‘imminent danger’ in an operational sense.


Presenter information

Graeme Baird                 

Graeme is a psychologist who has been involved in the out of home care area for over thirty years. He developed Attend+, a program to assist the most marginalised young people in Australia to increase school attendance. These young people are often enmeshed in the youth justice, child protection and mental health systems, and education is the only path allows them to move forward and establish a stable school life. Graeme is the owner of McAlpine-B, a training company whose purpose is to ‘empower staff to empower their clients'.




Elspeth Adamson    

Elspeth Adamson is currently Manager, Student Services at Independent Schools Victoria, where she works in the areas of students with individual needs and student wellbeing, as well as addressing parent concerns about their children’s education. Previously, she was a Head of Campus and Deputy Principal of a Victorian multi-campus Independent school, and a Principal of an international school in India.