Today, Senator Harkin (D-Ia.) introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act, legislation that bans seclusion and limits restraint procedures to emergency situations only.
This legislation was introduced after an investigative report conducted by the Senate Education Committee concluded that the use of restraint and seclusion procedures in schools has led to injury, trauma, even death of children.
Key recommendations by CEC and its division, the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders, were included in the legislation, such as investing in high-quality professional development for all school personnel, including special educators, to learn and implement system-wide prevention techniques supports that emphasize positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).
CEC member Michael George, Director of the Centennial School of Lehigh University, which serves children and youth with emotional disabilities and autism, participated in today’s Congressional to share how using a school-wide positive and proactive approach is an effective practice for addressing challenging behaviors.
“Restraint and seclusion procedures should not be viewed as a discipline tactic, therapeutic treatment, or planned intervention. Children with complex needs rely on skilled, trained professionals who develop partnerships with families and use evidence-based strategies that are humane and treat children with dignity,” stated CEC President Robin D. Brewer.
To support educators, CEC has numerous resources to address behavioral challenges, including:
Learn practices & approaches that provide effective and safe ways to prevent and reduce and de-escalate conflict and aggressive behavior in Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Schools.
Attend CEC's Annual Convention & Expo in Philadelphia, PA from April 9-12 and hear the latest evidence-based behavioral interventions from industry leaders; over 800 professional development sessions offered!
Hear about behavioral interventions that work through CEC's webinars.
Read CEC's Policy on Physical Restraint and Seclusion Procedures in School Settings.