Restraint and Seclusion

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA


This guidance aims to assist Victorian government schools to reduce and eliminate restraint and seclusion of students. These are set to be reviewed by December 2018.

It provides information and advice to help staff in Victorian government schools to:

  • prevent the occurrence of behaviours of concern; and
  • use effective, ethical and evidence-based responses where a student may be at risk of restraint or seclusion.

Reduction and elimination of restraint and seclusion

There are 15 principles to guide the reduction and elimination of restraint and seclusion in Victorian government schools.

See: Fifteen Principles

The Policy Guidance, Procedures and Resources

The Guidance, Procedures and Resources apply to all students within Victorian government schools and prohibit certain types of restraint and seclusion actions. They include: 

  1. Fifteen Principles
  2. Working with parents, carers and others
  3. Definitions
  4. Key points
  5. Legal obligations
  6. Prevention and early Intervention
  7. De-escalation
  8. Incident intervention
  9. Response and recovery
  10. Professional development

Department policy and laws underpin the Guidance, Procedures and Resources. For more information, see: 

Important information