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Consultation on updating Physical Restraint rules/guidelines in Schools and Kura!

22 Mar 2022

Kia ora

The Ministry of Education, supported by the Physical Restraint Advisory Group (PRAG), is consulting on updating the rules and guidelines following changes to the law around the use of physical restraint in the Education and Training Act 2020.

The purpose of the consultation is to make sure that the new rules and guidelines are workable and sustainable, uphold the rights of children, whānau and school staff, provide clarity and support as to when and how physical restraint can be used, and prevent the use of physical restraint except as a last resort to prevent imminent harm.

The consultation timeline has been extended to the end of 3 April 2022.

To have your say, read through the proposed new set of draft rules and guidelines and the summary of changes in the consultation document below, then give us your feedback by completing this survey or emailing us at

Complete the survey

The consultation document is now available here in Te Reo Māori, and the 9 Pacific languages.

We are also working on having the consultation document here in the five accessibility formats as soon as possible. Responses in all of these languages and formats are warmly welcomed.

Nau mai, haere mai, afio mai!

Originally posted: Consultation on the draft Rules and Guidelines on the use of physical restraint at registered schools and kura in New Zealand – Conversation space (