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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 31 March 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 will soon be available here in Te Reo Māori, 9 Pacific languages and the five accessibility formats. 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]

More information

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