RESTRAINT / SAFE HOLDING AND BREAKAWAY TRAINING
Could your staff foreseeably be exposed to violence or aggression at work? If the answer is yes, and training is not provided, then you could potentially be found criminally negligent should incidents occur.
Providing information and training helps you to meet your legal duty to protect the health and safety of your employees.
Our highly effective restraint techniques have beenrisk-assessed, legally audited by a Barrister-at-law, and comply with current Health and Safety legislation, the Human Rights Act, Manual Handling regulations, and more. They are constantly evaluated to ensure they represent current best practice.
Our courses include extensive coverage of the basic law that governs restraint and use of force, providing you with vital information in an easy-to-follow format. We encourage discussion of the legal implications of restraint training in a friendly an open atmosphere.
We cover Health & Safety at Work legislation - what your rights and responsibilities are, how best to stay safe at work and how this legislation interacts with the use of restraint, breakaway, or self-defence training.
The risk of positional asphyxia is studied and restraint techniques that should NEVER be used are demonstrated to make sure none of your staff are risking harm and liability by using inappropriate methods they may have been shown in the past.
Get Safe training can teach your staff restraint and breakway techniques for the full spectrum of situations and can help you assess what your staff need to know, including controlled take down and up.
Get Safe training is a National Federation for Personal Safety licensed centre.
All our restraint instructors are:
- Accredited Restraint Instructors & Coaches
- Certified Conflict Management Trainers
- Coaches qualified by Edexcel
- Self Defence coaches
- First Aid Trained
- Fully insured
Read the following article for more information on why teachers should have restraint training and what the government had to say about it in 2010.
From The Times, April 6, 2010
Teachers can use physical restraint on unruly pupils, says Ed Balls
Teachers should use physical force to remove unruly children and undergo training in restraint techniques, Ed Balls said yesterday.
The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families suggested that teachers could march children from lessons if they refused to go, and intervene if fights broke out and threatened the safety of other pupils. Teachers should immediately report the incident to their heads to protect themselves from accusations by parents, he said.
Guidance for teachers on the use of restraining violent and disruptive pupils was issued by Mr Balls at the annual conference of the NASUWT teaching union.
He claimed that there was a persistent myth that teachers could not touch children, for fear of being sued or accused of sexual or physical assault.
He said: “We want teachers to be able to teach, and pupils to be able to learn, in an environment that is not affected by a minority of badly behaved pupils.
“Teachers have the powers they need to manage bad behaviour but I am aware that many fear retribution if they were to forcibly remove an unruly pupil. This guidance aims to stop teachers being afraid of using the powers they have when necessary.
“Myths that schools should have ‘no-contact policies’, that teachers shouldn’t be able to protect and defend themselves and others, will be dispelled by this new guidance which makes clear that in some situations, teachers have the powers and protection to use force.”
Mr Balls said that head teachers and governing bodies should support teachers in using physical restraint. Parents also needed to back teachers and should sign agreements about behaviour when their children started at a school. He added that schools and teachers could not resolve bad behaviour in isolation.
Use of force could be appropriate, according to the guidance, when pupils are fighting, when their behaviour poses a threat to themselves, other children or the teacher, when they refuse to follow an instruction to leave a classroom, if they are seriously disrupting a lesson, sporting event or school visit, or if they are on the verge of commiting deliberate or accidental damage to property.
The advice also said that schools should provide training for teachers in how to deal with “difficult or challenging” pupils.
It said: “Schools should consider for their staff suitable accredited training. A number of organisations offer training in the use of de-escalation techniques which introduce the use of force at an appropriate time.
“While key staff may be trained [in physical restraint] as a priority, most schools now consider that all staff have a responsibility for pupil behaviour.
“Training should include ways of avoiding or defusing situations in which physical intervention might become necessary as well as methods of physical intervention.
“It is advisable that at least one member of staff in every school has received recent training, by expert-accredited providers in physical intervention and restraint techniques.”