Positive Handling

Low Level Physical Intervention with Children and Vulnerable Young People

Course Time: Full day (6 hours).

Course Venue: This course can be run at our Training Centre in Sidcup (Maximum of 9 delegates).

We can also deliver this course at a venue of your choice (for a maximum of 45 delegates).

Description: This course is designed for candidates that may have to use physical restraint within their setting with children and young people as a last resort to managing conflict. Our course aims to give a strong legal understanding around the use of force with young people including specific guidance and legislation relating to your setting. We look at ways to avoid potential restraint including conflict management and de-escalation, correct risk assessing and reporting and health and safety considerations. Our physical session gives candidates a range of easy to remember and easy to implement physical skills that can used for restraint. Our techniques are medically and legally risk assessed to ensure the best interest of the child – a paramount importance as well as keeping staff members’ safe.
This additional module highlights the need to understand our young people and how the mind works as a long term strategy for managing conflict. We look in depth at empathy as well as looking at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and its relevance when dealing with conflict.

The course will cover:

  • Legislation, guidance and the Law
  • Specific legislation within education / care and the use of force with young people
  • Science of aggression and understanding young minds **NEW**
  • Intervention and awareness
  • Communication
  • Reporting and risk assessing
  • A physical skills package dealing with restraint
  • Dealing with and reporting of allegations and complaints

Essential Candidate Requirements: This course has a physical element to it where candidates will be expected to demonstrate our taught techniques where possible (we except some injuries and illnesses will prevent us doing 100% of the syllabus).
We cannot accept candidates to take part in physical skills if they are pregnant due to the high risk of injury to mum and child.
Any candidate who is unable to take part in physical training can still take part in classroom training and will be certified to that extent.

Desired Requirements: Candidates should research and become familiar with their own settings policies that should include:

  • Use of Force Policy
  • Behavior Policy
  • Setting policy on techniques that should NOT be used when dealing with restraint

Evaluation: Candidates will be evaluated by their contribution on the course and a good demonstration of physical techniques

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand current and relevant legislation, guidance and law in relation to use of force
  • Display knowledge of indicators of aggression and anger including triggers and intervention points
  • Display a knowledge of reporting procedures including local and national organisations that can offer support
  • Demonstrate an acceptable level of physical techniques
  • Have a good understanding of techniques that should not be in use
  • Understand the risk of restraint