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Restraint Prevention Project
Sponsored by The Education Law Resource Center

The use of physical restraints are becoming more prevalent in public schools. Deciding whether or not to physically restrain a student requires that school personnel have a clear understanding legal requirements, professional standards, and health and safety issues.

The Education Law Resource Center announces formation of the Restraint Prevention Project.

Restraint Prevention Project

The goal of the Restraint Prevention Project is to reduce or eliminate the use of physical restraints in schools through training in de-escalation techniques and other methods of addressing behavior. The project also seeks to ensure that if restraints are used, they are used by properly trained staff in order to protect the safety of students and staff.

The Education Law Resource Center is providing funding to help offset the costs for educators and other professionals who attend training programs about behavior management, de-escalation techniques, and physical restraints.

A percentage of the profits from the book, Preventing Physical Restraints in Schools: A Guide for Parents, Educators & Professionals by Scott Johnson, Esq. is funding the project.

Who is Eligible?

The program is open to anyone who is responsible for addressing student behavior in public and private schools, including classroom teachers.

How to Apply

A volunteer Selection Committee selects the applicants who will receive funding. This is a competitive process.

Applicants provide information about the training program they want to attend and explain why the Project should provide them with funds for the training program.

The Selection Committee chooses the applicants who will receive funding based on a number of factors that are explained in the Application for Funds available online at the Education Law Resource Center.

Please download the Application for Funds online from and follow the directions in the application documents.


Funds are awarded twice a year.

The application deadlines are October 7, 2005 and May 26, 2006.

Applicants will be notified if they were selected to receive funding about 30 days after those dates.

For more information, please visit the Education Law Resource Center site at

About the Education Law Resource Center

The Education Law Resource Center provides information to help parents, educators and other professionals understand legal requirements and meet student needs. The site contains information and resources about a variety of education law topics including physical restraints in schools, special education, and No Child Left Behind.

More Resources on Restraints and Behavior

In the Name of Treatment: A Parent's Guide to Protecting Your Child from Restraint, Aversive Interventions, and Seclusion (developed by APRAIS and available from TASH) - "All children with disabilities should grow up free from the use of restraint, seclusion, and aversive interventions to respond to or control their behavior, and from the fear that these forms of behavior management will be used on themselves, their siblings or their friends." Download

Position Statements by Organizations on the use of Restraints.

Best Practice Guidelines for Behavior Support and Intervention Training published by The Child Welfare League of America

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

The Family Alliance provides a variety of resources on restraints and aversives.

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