School cleared over ‘restraint’

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STAFF at a special school in Sheffield have been cleared of any misconduct after a 10-year-old boy was taken to hospital with injuries showing he had been forcibly restrained.

Sheffield Council safeguarding children board was alerted by doctors after the child was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital last November.

Medical notes said ‘excessive restraining force’ had been used on the child, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and extreme anxiety disorder.

But now a police and council investigation at Rowan Special School, in Dore, has resulted in no criminal or disciplinary action being taken staff.

Officers made a number of recommendations to “improve practice” at the school, but the measures have not been revealed.

A council spokeswoman said: “There are always lessons to be learned and improvements that can be made following reviews like this.

“A number of recommendations have been made in order to improve practice. However, we can confirm no criminal or disciplinary action has been taken against any member of staff.”

The boy’s mother, who requested her son not be identified, said: “I am disappointed but not surprised. The whole investigation process has been fractured.

“I am glad the safeguarding board have mentioned improvements should be made.

“I trust that since the review, improvements will be made to benefit all the children.”

A recent Ofsted report awarded Rowan an ‘outstanding’ grade.

Inspector Hilary Ward said in her report: “The atmosphere in the school is calm and productive.

“When there are occasional incidents they are extremely well managed by staff.”

Headteacher Avril Young said: “Governors and staff are delighted that Ofsted has recognised and praised the work and achievements of the school so highly.”

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