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Children injured during restraint.

Children injured during restraint.

Hundreds of children have been injured while being physically restrained in special schools, according to figures obtained by 5 live Investigates.

Some youngsters were pinned face-down on the floor, while others were strapped into chairs.

The figures revealed at least 731 injuries in the past three years.

The Department of Education says it plans to publish draft guidelines on reducing the need for restraint in special schools shortly.

A Freedom of Information request to local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales revealed 13,000 physical restraints in the past three years, resulting in 731 injuries. 

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