All Brains Belong VT is proud to announce a collaboration with Dr. Ross Greene and Lives in the Balance to advocate for the creation of school environments where children with all types of brains can thrive.
Specifically, we advocate for a shift to proactive, trauma-informed, collaborative, relationship-based approaches to “challenging behavior.” We also advocate for an end to the traumatic practices of secluding and restraining children.
Below is a new documentary created by Lives in the Balance. Through interviews with Vermont educators, healthcare professionals, and families, you will see the urgency of ending the practices of seclusion and restraint. It may be hard to watch (content warning: trauma, descriptions of restraint/seclusion, brief mention of children’s death).
Restraint & Seclusion in Vermont: What You Need to Know
- At least 587 children are secluded and/or restrained in Vermont public schools each year (Lives in the Balance, 2021)
- In VT, these practices are disproportionately used at higher rates against children of color and children with disabilities (Diaz, 2015)
- Nationally, 80% of restraints and 77% of seclusions are used against children with disabilities (U.S. Department of Education, 2020)
- Physical “restraint” is when an adult pins down a young child. This means preventing a child from moving their arms, legs, torso, and/or head freely. Vermont law currently allows for “prone” (face down) and “supine” (face up). This is outlawed in more than 30 states.
- Prone and supine restraint has resulted in childrens’ death in 30 states. These positions make it more likely that the adult puts pressure on the child’s airway. This prevents the child from getting enough oxygen to breathe.
- “Seclusion” is the practice of confining a child ALONE in a room, locking or blocking the exit. Click here for more info.