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Mechanical Restraint Training Course

The Soft Mitts mechanical restraint course trains delegates in the use of the VIP-R soft Mitts as an alternative to traditional wrist restraints when mechanical restraint is required to prevent injury or harm in the event of challenging or hazardous behaviours.
Soft Mitts Mechanical Restraint

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Learn when and how to apply soft mitts to a compliant or non-compliant individual to manage the risk of challenging or hazardous behaviour.

What is mechanical restraint? When can/should mechanical restraint be used? What are soft mitts? What is the benefits of using soft mitts over alternative mechanical wrist restraints? How to apply mechanical restraints? Our Soft mitts mechanical restraint Course will help you answer these questions and more. 

The VIP-R (The versatile-integrated passenger-restraint) soft mitts are a product available from our shop and come in a variety of options. You can download the brochure for these mitts here.

The Soft Mitts are designed to secure the person’s hands to the front. They can be secured to the person, a seatbelt or other suitable anchor point. Uniquely they are available as a detachable pair, so they can be applied and secured individually and re-clipped together.

The Personal Safety Device & Mechanical Restraint Training Module of the Able Target System provides accredited training in de-escalation and positive handling strategies for dealing with challenging behaviour. Based on the principles of positive behavioural support, pro‐active and responsive strategies and de‐escalation. Our training in the subject of managing difficult behaviours and aggression all follow the Able Target System. The Able Target system is Able Training’s system for managing behaviour of concern, behaviour that challenges, distress, crisis, aggression and violence. It is adaptable to various environments in the health and social care and education settings. It comprises of 5 modules that map across from the three tier strategy process which includes primary strategies, secondary and proactive responsive strategies and tertiary intervention. This module includes higher level physical skills to manage high-risk situations.

What does Mechanical Restraint Training Course cover?

Within some environments, the impact factors related to the individuals at risk may require staff to have a greater skill level in restraint, available to manage violent and dangerous behaviours. This may be necessary when every possibility of managing a situation through either pro-active or non-physical responses have not worked and responsive or reactive strategies including restrictive physical intervention are required. This module expands on the principles of ongoing assessment and dynamic risk assessment from module 1 and brings them over to a higher risk setting where there may be a significant risk of physical aggression and where withdrawal will not eliminate the risk. The advanced safe-holding module of the Able Target System gives staff an understanding of when restraint or safe holding may be appropriate. Tertiary Intervention includes responsive and reactive strategies. Restrictive and non-restrictive physical intervention skills including Personal Safety Device & Mechanical Restraint Training. This Personal Safety Device & Mechanical Restraint Module of the Target System allows staff to practice and train in the basic safe holding techniques covered in module 4 but then escalate their techniques if justified. It ensures staff can recognise the risks related to the techniques and reminds about the principles of dynamic risk assessment and monitoring during any physical intervention.


  • What are the laws and guidance regarding the use of mechanical restraints.
  • Safe use of mechanical restraints and potential medical concerns
  • Records and reports to demonstrate justification and safe use of mechanical restraints
  • Understanding the medical implications of using equipment and how to deal with a medical emergency.
  • Techniques to apply VIP-R soft mitts in a variety of situations

Who is our Mechanical Restraint Training Course for?

This course has been created to adapt to the needs of your setting and can be delivered to pre-schools, schools, children’s homes, supported living, learning disability settings and mental health settings. This course is designed for individuals operating in high risk environments, where they experience hazardous behaviour that poses a significant physical risk to staff or service users, restrictive physical skills (Manual restraint) will be required regularly. The level of risk posed may require the need for higher level techniques including floor or safety pod holds, mechanical restraint devices, seclusion, or rapid tranquilisation.

The Soft Mitts are ideal for a range of applications, including, Healthcare, Administering care, clinical or medical procedures. Preventing self-harm. An alternative to prolonged physical restraint. Where other options for restraint are required like during transportation in a vehicle.

This course is suitable for participants who have successfully completed Able Target System Modules 1–4. Each module is made up of numerous setting specific components and the modules must be completed in order. The module level required, and components included will be based on your individual setting, risk assessment and training needs analysis.

This course is an expansion course to the Able target system restraint courses (modules 3 or 4 ) Staff must have completed up to date training in minimum of Able Target system module 3  before they can complete this course. If staff have completed an alternative restraint system there is a potential mapping option if the staffs current restraint training is in-date and applicable.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

  • Understand the law in regard to mechanical restraints
  • Identify justification as last resort in the use of mechanical restraints
  • Demonstrate the safe application and use of mechanical restraints
  • Complete records to demonstrate justification and safe use.
  • Safely apply the VIP-R Mitts to a compliant and non-compliant individual in a variety of situations.

Frequently asked questions

Our prices are personalised to the company, including how many delegates, and location. Please make an enquiry to get a personalised quote with no hidden costs.
We cover the whole of the UK.
Many of our courses can be adapted for both classroom settings or virtual platforms like zoom. Some courses that include a practical aspect can only be delivered in a classroom setting.
All learners will receive a certificate for any course they complete. Some of our courses are in-house certified, some of our courses are regulated by Ofqual and others are accredited by other awarding bodies.

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I can say with all truth that this service is class A1. We have used there Breakaway Restraint/conflict management & also E-learning courses services for many years now & everything has been delivered professionally and extremely clearly with no problems.
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I have been on several training courses run by this company over the last. Each time the trainer have been really good at making the course contact interesting and interactive. This certainly helps me to remember everything. Would recommend them.
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I absolutely love attending training with Able Training. The courses are professionally prepared and delivered and the trainers are of a very high standard and are very engaging and knowledgeable. Awesome!
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Fantastic training , I have participated in a number of courses over the last 12 months , each course has been very interesting and helpful to my role as a foster Carer , the information is presented in a interesting way and gets each point across effectively, I would highly recommend them ! I am looking forward to more in the near future .
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Great 'Restraint training' course at Earlham Primary School in North London. Very professional and would highly recommend to other schools. Friendly, to the point, and tailored to our requirements. Thank you.

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