Last reviewed on 23 February 2023
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See examples of positive handling and physical restraint policies from primary, secondary and special schools to help you write or update your own. Find policies with template positive handling plans and incident reporting forms.

Primary school policies

Maintained school in Wandsworth

St Mary's CE Primary School's positive handling and physical intervention policy includes:

  • When physical intervention can be used
  • Dos and don'ts when using positive handling
  • Recording incidents
  • A template positive handling plan (page 12)

Community school in Lancashire

Layton Primary School has a control and restraint policy which includes:

  • Definitions
  • Staff who are authorised to use physical contact
  • Strategies for dealing with challenging behaviour
  • Action to take after an incident
  • Monitoring of incidents

Voluntary aided school in Oxford

St Edmund's Catholic Primary School explains in its positive handling policy:

  • That only staff who have had Team Teach training will use positive handling techniques on children
  • When and how physical restraint may be used
  • How the school uses positive handling plans
  • A template positive handling plan (page 6)

Secondary school policies

Academy in Essex

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