Judge allows ‘draconian‘ restraint used on autistic boy

Judge allows ‘draconian‘ restraint to be used against autistic 11-year-old boy for his own safety because of his ‘extreme aggression and violence‘

Judge Judith Rowe (pictured) has approved a care plan put forward by council social services bosses with responsibility for an autistic 11-year-old boy

An autistic 11-year-old boy, whose behaviour is ‘extreme‘, can now be physically restrained for his own good by staff at a specialist unit, a family court judge has rule.

Judge Judith Rowe has approved a care plan put forward by council social services bosses with responsibility for the youngster.

Details of the case have been outlined in a written ruling following a hearing at a family court in . 

The judge described the restrictions as ‘draconian‘ but necessary to ensure his safety.

She has not identified anyone involved.

Judge Rowe said the boy has been temporarily taken from his parent‘s care with long-term decisions on his future being left pending.  

She said he exhibited ‘extreme behaviour‘ including ‘verbal aggression and physical violence‘.

The boy was living at a specialist unit where he was subject to ‘significant restrictions‘.

The judge said he was supervised from a distance, not left alone with another child at the unit, always accompanied when in the community and at times barred from using a computer and Xbox.

She said staff used ‘specialist methods‘ to deal with his behaviour, including ‘physical restraint‘. 

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