At Ysgol Hendrefelin we work hard to ensure that every pupil has the opportunity to learn and every teacher is free to teach in an environment that is safe, secure and free from distraction. We are committed to providing the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people entrusted to its care. For the most part this is achieved through fostering good relationships and the application of collective positive behaviour management programme to support individual needs.
However, in exceptional circumstances this may involve the use of reasonable force. We recognise there is a need to intervene when there is an obvious risk of safety to pupils, staff or property. it should also be emphasised that if used at all restraint (referred to as positive handling) should be seen in the context of an overall programme of care and concern.
Finally the use of restrictive physical intervention (positive handling) should always be considered within the wider context of other measures. these include establishing and maintaining good relationships with pupils and using diversion, diffusion and negotiation to respond to difficult situations.
Ysgol Hendrefelin view the training of staff in the positive approaches to behaviour management, as essential in developing a culture of mutual respect. A major component of this in values regular training in Team Teach, which is the chosen programme of managing of behaviour and positive handling techniques. further information can be found at www.team-teach.co.uk or from the school.