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Ombudsman to investigate school seclusion rooms

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Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says he has initiated an investigation into the use of seclusion rooms in schools.

This follows reported allegations that locked seclusion rooms have been used in two primary schools to restrain children with autism.

The Ombudsman investigation will consider the actions of the schools concerned, the extent of the practice, and any related actions or omissions of Government agencies. The Commissioner of Children has agreed to assist with the investigation.

Judge Boshier says he will be asking the Ministry of Education to issue an advisory to schools requiring that they discontinue any use of seclusion in schools pending the outcome of the investigation.