Full Statement from Leake & Watts School
Meanwhile, we remain focused on serving children, adults and families with a wide range of needs and look towards doing all that we can in the service of others.
By way of background, some media stories have mentioned different types of therapeutic practices, including isolation rooms and electric shock treatment. Leake & Watts does not make use of these techniques.
It is both practice and belief at Leake & Watts that therapeutic restraints are to be used only as a last resort and by staff trained in required approaches, only when a person has become an immediate threat to himself and others, and only after efforts to avoid and deescalate dangerous behaviors have been exhausted. Third party and internal investigations determined that staff initiated the therapeutic hold correctly and in accordance with approved protocol, which mandates that therapeutic holds are only instituted if an individual poses a danger to himself or others.
Each day our staff engages the youth we serve in a positive, constructive manner intended to encourage, support and enable them to address their own personal challenges.