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Inclusion BC welcomes interest of Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond for inquiry into restraint and seclusion

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Inclusion BC welcomes the interest of the Representative for Children and Youth in the issue of restraint and seclusion in BC schools.

The public discussion of the use of restraint and seclusion in BC public schools was sparked by the November release of Inclusion BC's survey report, Stop Hurting Kids.

In the Royal City Record of December 16, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, BC's Representative for Children and Youth, expressed that she and her office would give "serious consideration" to coordinating an inquiry, if a request is received from government.

"The Representative's office, as an independent voice, has done crucial work to protect children and youth in British Columbia. The Representative is a respected voice who brings deep integrity and conscience to all of her work," said Faith Bodnar, Executive Director of Inclusion BC.

Inclusion BC had expressed its support for the proposal that Turpel-Lafond spearhead the inquiry. 

"The use of restraint and seclusion in our schools is hurting children. We know that this is happening, and now that we know, we have a responsibility to act, and to provide educators with tools and support to bring an end to these practices," Bodnar said. 

Inclusion BC plans include working with the Ministry of Education to begin tracking the use of restraints and seclusion in BC schools and proposing new legislation that prohibits its use. "An inquiry led by the Representative would be highly valuable in moving forward and acting as a province, for all of our children," said Bodnar.