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Restraint and seclusion is a Course

Restraint and seclusion

Feb 26 - Feb 26, 2020

$420 Enroll

Full course description

Date and time

Wednesday 26 February 2020, 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm


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, or you want to better understand the current DET guidelines for restraint and seclusion.


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. 

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’.