Assaults and abuse

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Restraint

The use of reasonable force should always be a last resort for teachers and support staff but schools should offer clear, precise advice and guidance to their staff on their restraint policy so that there can be no confusion. Your school should have a policy on the use of force.

FGM – Are we talking to the right people?

Over the past few years media attention on female genital mutilation (FGM) has increased dramatically. From a subject that most people would have struggled to define, many members of the general public are aware of and concerned about ending the practice.

If you have been assaulted

This page sets out the steps that you should consider following a physical assault.

Your entitlements after an incident

All employees have certain rights and entitlements after an incident of assault or abuse.

Prevention and training

Recognising what triggers aggressive and violent behaviour is a necessary part of your skills as an education professional.
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Policies and procedures

Your school should have policies and procedures in place to support staff in their management of situations that might involve violence, threatening behaviour or abuse.

Refusal to teach

Teachers and lecturers have no formal right to refuse to teach a disruptive pupil or student.