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The Ministry of Education, supported by the Physical Restraint Advisory Group (PRAG), is consulting on updating the rules and guidelines following changes to the law around the use of physical restraint in the Education and Training Act 2020.

The purpose of the consultation is to make sure that the new rules and guidelines are workable and sustainable, uphold the rights of children, whānau and school staff, provide clarity and support as to when and how physical restraint can be used, and prevent the use of physical restraint except as a last resort to prevent imminent harm.  

The consultation is now open for feedback until midnight 3 April 2022 and we want to hear from you.

To have your say, read through the proposed new set of draft rules and guidelines and the summary of changes in the consultation document below, then give us your feedback by completing this survey or emailing us at physicalrestraint.convo@education.govt.nz.

Complete the survey

The consultation document is now available here in Te Reo Māori, and the 9 Pacific languages.

We are also working on having the consultation document here in the five accessibility formats as soon as possible. Responses in all of these languages and formats are warmly welcomed.

Nau mai, haere mai, afio mai!

Consultation documents

Consultation Document [PDF, 573 KB]

Rules [PDF, 583 KB]

Guidelines [PDF, 1.17 MB]


Te Reo Māori [PDF, 536 KB]MB

Cook Islands Māori [PDF, 127 KB]

Fijian [PDF, 173 KB]

Kiribati [PDF, 175 KB]

Niuean [PDF, 136 KB]

Rotuman  [PDF, 236 KB]

Samoan [PDF, 144 KB]

Tokelauan [PDF, 136 KB]

Tongan [PDF, 165 KB]

Tuvaluan [PDF, 138 KB]

Easy Read

Physical restraint draft rules and guidelines - Easy Read [PDF, 1.9 MB]

Physical restraint draft rules and guidelines - Easy Read [DOC, 5.9 MB]

Large Print

Consultation on the draft rules and guidelines on physical restraint - Large Print [PDF, 212 KB]

Consultation on the draft rules and guidelines on physical restraint - Large Print [DOCX, 118 KB]

Consultation on Physical Restraint in NZSL

Captioning is available in both Te Reo Māori and English. 

To select, click on the cc icon underneath the video.


Physical Restraint Consultation audio [MP3, 5.33 MB]


Physical Restraint Consultation Braille Reading Format in Zip file [ZIP, 5 KB]


As a steward of student and whānau personal information, the Ministry of Education is committed to ensuring the protection and appropriate use of all personal information that it collects, holds, uses and shares. All personal information is managed in accordance with the Privacy Act 2020. 

When making a submission using the online submission process your submission will be anonymous. However, please be aware that your submission may contain personal information that could identify you or another person. If this is the case, the Ministry will manage the information in your submission in accordance with the Privacy Act 2020. 

As part of this consultation process, you are able to provide your submission through the email address listed on this page. Please be aware that if you choose to provide written, video or audio submissions through the email address, the Ministry cannot guarantee the security of your emailed submission or any attachments to your email while it is in transit. Your email and any attachments will be secure once they have been received by the Ministry. If you have any concerns regarding the privacy and security of your submission the Ministry recommends that you use the online submission mechanism. 

In limited cases, we may be able to offer an alternative mechanism for verbal submissions. Please email physicalrestraint.convo@education.govt.nz to request this.

More information

If you have any questions about the Physical Restraint Consultation, you are welcome to email us at physicalrestraint.convo@education.govt.nz.