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The Conservatives announced they would get rid of policies that some schools have introduced to stop staff having physical contact with pupils.
This is a sensible proposal. The schools introduced the policies for good reasons - mainly to protect staff from allegations of abuse - but they have left teachers unable to intervene where necessary.
Unfortunately, some newspapers suggested there was a national rule banning teachers touching pupils.
While teachers are advised against gratuitous physical contact, there are situations in which they are legally entitled to restrain a pupil. These include preventing them from injuring others, damaging property, injuring themselves and the altogether more ambiguous "causing disruption".
Only minimum force should be used, and a back-covering report of the incident needs to be filed. But, with these precautions taken, there should be no legal redress.