Giving children and families a voice.
Our families are telling us that during lock down, their children have been less anxious because they are at home with less demands to cope with than they have in school.
Without the anxiety and stress of school, their child’s challenging/distressed behaviour has reduced, and in many cases, it has reduced substantially.
 
With schools returning over the coming weeks, families are worried about how their child is going to cope being back in school. Many are telling us that they believe their child will find it really difficult going back to school after being at home for so long and this will lead to their child becoming anxious and stressed which may mean they will be subjected to restrictive practises like restraint and seclusion once more.
 
We are asking for your help to complete this survey which seeks to understand your experience before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. How you think (if anything) things may have changed for your child and what you think the impact of this will have on your child’s experience as they return to school.
 
Please be assured that all responses are anonymous and completely confidential. We will publish our findings in due course via the PABSS/ICARS social media pages.
 
Thanking you in advance for your help.
 
Who we are:
PABSS is a small family led charity based in Scotland which supports other families who love and care for children, young people and adults with complex additional support needs or disabilities who have stressed/distressed and behaviour considered “challenging”.
We advocate understanding behaviour as a form of communication and help families with pro-active and holistic strategies in meeting the persons physical, emotional, and sensory needs to prevent distress happening in the first place. We campaign nationally against the use of any kind of restrictive practise unless it is an absolute last resort to keep a person safe.
 
ICARS (International Coalition Against Restraint and Seclusion) is an International Coalition of parents, families, carers and advocates seeking to raise awareness and change the culture of inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion and coercive practices used on children and young people in schools and children’s services.

Question Title

* 1. Where do you live?

Question Title

* 4. Did your child have any kind of distressed behaviour in school before lockdown?

Question Title

* 5. Was your child subjected to any kind of restraint or seclusion in school before lockdown?

Question Title

* 6. If you answered YES to question 5 please tell us how frequently this was being used against your child:

Question Title

* 7. If your child was subjected to restraint or seclusion in school, did they sustain any injuries as a result?

Question Title

* 8. Since lockdown would you say your child's distressed behaviour and anxiety is:

Question Title

* 9. Has your child been subjected to any kind of restraint or seclusion during lockdown?

Question Title

* 10. If you answered YES to question 9 please tell us how frequently this was being used on your child:

Question Title

* 11. Do you believe your child's Additional Support Needs will be met by the council / LA  and school when they return after lockdown?

Question Title

* 12. Have you considered not sending your child back to school at all after lockdown?

Question Title

* 13. Do you think your upon return to school your child may be subjected to:

Question Title

* 14. How worried are you that your child will be subjected to restraint or seclusion at school after lockdown?

Question Title

* 15. Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your child's experience during lockdown?  Have you seen a difference in how they have been at home compared to how they are when they are in school?

T