A school for children with additional needs is being investigated by police after footage emerged of staff using "inappropriate restraint techniques".

North Lanarkshire Council alerted police after discovering video evidence from Clydeview School in Motherwell.

It shows staff restraining a nine-year-old autistic boy. The investigation concerns a "small number" of pupils.

Parents of children at the school have been informed.

In a letter Derek Brown, North Lanarkshire Council's joint interim director of children and families, wrote: "We have discovered evidence of what, on the face of it, appears to be inappropriate use of pupil restraint and inappropriate restraint techniques being used." Mr Brown told parents the evidence was "historical and not current".

A force spokeswoman said: "An investigation is under way after Police Scotland was made aware by the local authority of concerns about the conduct of staff at a school in North Lanarkshire, "Inquiries, which are at an early stage, are under way."

A North Lanarkshire Council spokesman said: "Video evidence has come to light showing what appears to be inappropriate use of restraint and the deployment of inappropriate restraint techniques involving a small number of pupils at Clydeview School.

Joanne Purvis, Director of SecuriCare says, “There needs to be absolute transparency in relation to the use of any interventions… The investigation outline here is only right and proper…There are so many risks associated with any form of restrictive intervention…  I’m sure many practitioners will be watching the outcome of this case as lessons need to be learnt..”

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