Restraint and Seclusion

CEC has been actively working with its division, the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD), Congress, the Administration, and other advocacy organizations to promote the inclusion of CEC and CCBD's recommendations on the appropriate use of restraint and seclusion in federal legislation.

New legislation introduced
On Feb. 12, 2014, Sen.Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), hosted an event to discuss the findings of a Committee investigation into the obstacles faced by parents whose children were secluded or restrained in public schools and introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act, which aims bans seclusion and limits restraint procedures to emergency situations only.

Read CEC's Statement on the Keeping All Students Safe Act

Senate Hearing on Restraint and Seclusion, July 2012


CEC member and Centennial School of Lehigh University Director Michael George spoke at the U.S. Senate hearing, “Beyond Seclusion and Restraint: Creating Positive Learning Environments for All Students” in July 2012. 

Read George's testimony from the hearing.

View the webcast of the Senate hearing. 

Read about the systems change that has occurred at George's school.

Read a Q&A with George in CEC Today.

CEC Restraint and Seclusion Policies and Information

Read CEC's Policy on Physical Restraint and Seclusion Procedures in School Settings.

Read CCBD's full position on restraints.

Read CCBD's full position on seclusion.

Special Educators Applaud Proposed Legislation on Restraint and Seclusion -- CEC and CCBD Recommendations are Key Elements of Proposed Legislation

Read CEC's Hot Topic Brief: Seclusion and Restraint Practices Under Scrutiny. 

Restraint and Seclusion ResourcesRestraint_Graphic

U.S. Department of Education Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document

Office of Civil Rights: The Transformed Civil Rights Data Collection - March 2012