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Should isolation booths be used?

Should isolation booths be used?

A girl who tried to kill herself after spending months in an isolation booth at school has said she felt "alone, trapped and no-one seemed to care".

The teenager, who has autism, had no direct teaching and ate her lunch in the room, away from friends.

Her mother said for months she was unaware of what was happening to her daughter and called on the government to improve guidance for schools.

The Department for Education says pupil welfare must always be put first.

Its guidelines say children should be in isolation for no longer than is necessary.

    

'Sit in silence'

In a letter to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme, the teenager - who we are calling "Sophie" - said: "I decided I'd rather die than be in isolation because of the mood it left me in.

"I felt alone and trapped at school for such a long time that I felt as though it would be best, as no-one seemed to care anyway."

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