August 20, 2012

Pupils locked in padded 'time out' room - Pembrokeshire council apologises 

The BBC has been following the story of the use of a padded room, without light or ventilation, by a Pembrokeshire pupil referral unit (PRU) in Neyland.

The leader of Pembrokeshire County Council has made a public apology to pupils who were put into the padded "time-out" room.

A complaint was made in June 2009 concerning the pupil referral unit in Neyland and last September, ministers sent experts into the council after problems were highlighted and it received a final warning from the Welsh government.

The board of experts discovered a "very similar padded room" at a primary school elsewhere, which also had two other windowless rooms in which children were routinely locked. There was another claim that a six-year-old pupil had his hands tied by teachers.

Council leader, Mr Jamie Adams said: "I offer an unreserved apology for these actions," he said, adding the council had shown its "commitment" to ensuring it would not happen again.