The Department for Children. Schools and Families (DCSF) has issued a number of circulars and guidance notes relating to assaults and the surrounding issues, as follows. These are available from: www.dcfs.gov.uk/publications.
- DfEE /Home Office guidance (1997): School security: Dealing with troublemakers
- DfEE circular 10/98: Section 550A of the Education Act 1996: The use of force to control or restrain pupils
- DfES circular 10/99: The Secretary of State's guidance on pupil attendance, behaviour, exclusion and re-integration (revised in 2004)
- DfEE circular 11/99: Social inclusion: Pupil support DfES circular 0803/2001: Health and safety: Responsibilities and powers
- DfES guidance DfES/0504/2002: A legal toolkit for schools: Tackling abuse, threats and violence towards members of the school community
- DfES guidance LEA/0242/2002: Guidance on the use of restrictive physical interventions for staff working with children and adults who display extreme behaviour in association with learning disability and/or autistic spectrum disorders
- DfES guidance LEA/0264/2003: Guidance on the use of restrictive physical interventions for pupils with severe behavioural difficulties
- DfES guidance DfES/0432/2003: Ensuring regular school attendance
- DfES circular 0354/2004: Improving behaviour and attendance: Guidance on exclusion from school and pupil referral units
- DfES 2005: Higher standards, better schools for all: More choice for parents and pupils
- DfES 2005: Report of the Practitioners' Group on school behaviour and discipline (the Steer report)
- The National Assembly in Wales has issued circular 37/98: The use of reasonable force to control or restrain pupils available from the Assembly on tel: 029 2089 8688
There are also a number of government initiatives and schemes that aim to assist with managing behaviour and attendance:
In January 2006, the Prime Minister launched the government's Respect Action Plan, a cross-departmental initiative on anti-social behaviour. For further information, see the Respect website.
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