The ICARS Report England:

The ICARS Report England documents the experiences of 560 English children. It exposes an educational system which has failed children, especially those receiving SEND services, and their families with devastating consequences.

The Issue:

  • Behavioural approaches are being implemented to manage behaviours associated with disability
  • Rather than supporting accommodation needs in the school, children are punished for behaviours associated with their disabilities
  • Educators lack education and training in disability-affirming practices contributing to a culture that prioritizes control and policing of behaviours that are a reaction to being under-accommodated
  • Research into the factors that contribute to the use of restraint indicate that prioritising psychological safety and creating an inclusive culture are how to eliminate the use of restraint

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How can you help?

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Has your child been subjected to restraint & seclusion in England's schools?

If yes, please respond here to the Dept. for Education “Use of reasonable force and restrictive practices in schools” consultation and tell them your story and why legislative protections are needed.

ICARS Report England Map

Map shows the local authorities overseeing the schools children attended, not the locations where the children reside.

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Have you, a family member or a loved one been affected by the issues we raise in the ICARS Report England?

ICARS are looking for new case studies to inform our ongoing work from families and carers whose children are currently experiencing restraint and seclusion and adult survivors of restrictive practice use in education.

If you would like to take part in our subsequent releases or would like to be informed of our future case study survey releases, please provide the following information: