I am very happy to recommend Safespaces to schools with pupils with Special Educational Needs.
We have found that the use of a Safespace can very often prove a much better alternative to the use of Restrictive Physical Intervention, particularly where pupils are tactile defensive or need time away from others. Pupils are able to self-calm away from the gaze of others and without the need to be touched.
The Safespace has improved the safety of staff and pupils at times when behaviour is challenging.
Because the Safespace is a ‘place’ rather than just a technique to manage behaviour, pupils will begin to choose this as a place to go when they begin to recognise anxiety and its effects on them.
Without doubt, the careful, managed use of a Safespace has significantly reduced the need for exclusion as a means to manage behaviour in our school.