Physical contact with pupils

In your role, circumstances may arise where physical contact with pupils may appear appropriate; for instance, a pupil‘s behaviour could become threatening or violent or you may need to comfort a distressed child.

It is essential that you are fully aware of the Department of Education’s advice on use of reasonable force as this gives clarity on proper physical contact with pupils.

This advice is to be used in conjunction with the behaviour policy specific to the school that you are working in. Be aware that some schools do operate a no-touching policy. These policies and advice exist to protect both yourself and the pupils in your care.

Please read the Department of Education’s Advice on Use of reasonable force using the link in the Topic Materials section above.

Note: You will need to confirm that you have read the advice during the assessment.