Able Target System Module 3

Positive Handling & Restraint Training Course

Restrictive and non-restrictive physical intervention skills including; Positive handling, guiding, shepherding, restraint and clinical holding

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Positive Handling & Restraint Training Course Overview:

The Positive Handling & Restraint Training Module of the Able Target System provides accredited training in restrictive and non-restrictive physical intervention. Based on the principles of positive behavioural support, pro‐active and responsive strategies. 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 restrictive and non-restrictive physical intervention training, often referred to as positive handling, guiding, shepherding, restraint and clinical holding.

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What does the 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 Positive Handling & Restraint 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 (Positive Handling, Guiding/Shepherding, Restraint, Clinical Holding). The positive handling module of the Target System allows staff to practice and train in the basic safe holding techniques. 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.

Who is the 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 medium risk environments, experience hazardous behaviour that poses a physical risk to staff or service users. So staff need training in positive handling & restraint training. Bespoke days are taught in child care and educational settings.

This course is suitable for participants who have successfully completed Able Target System Modules 1–2. 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.

What will you achieve?

  • Define the terms workplace violence and control measures
  • Utilise the six stage target model into day to day practice
  • Develop situation Awareness.
  • Perform a dynamic risk assessment.
  • Practice the principles of signalling non-aggression and positive communication.
  • Recognise signs of escalation and take appropriate action
  • Demonstrate de-escalation in situations of behavioural crisis and conflict.
  • Understand what is meant by ‘reasonable force’
  • Understand the law relating to ‘Self Defence’ and ‘Physical Intervention’
  • Identify the importance of recording and debriefing.
  • Demonstrate personal safety skills
  • Demonstrate non-restrictive physical interventions

About this course

All courses are based around the Able’s Six Stage Target System which is an analytical process model based on the principles of Positive Behaviour Support and Trauma-informed Care. Every course will be focused on restraint reduction and apply a human rights approach.

The Able Target system aims to improve quality of life, care and support for individuals on a day to day basis but also improve an organisations culture of care, support and outcomes. It will improve staff competence, confidence and skills to enable them to keep the individuals they support, themselves and others safe. The six stage target model has been praised by numerous organisations as a positive, person centred system that staff can apply within everyday interactions to reduce behaviours of concern. It is also being utilised within organisations as an overall model for behavioural planning and analysis to create a positive environment and culture within the setting.

Each module of the Able Target System is made up of numerous setting specific components. The module level required, and components included will be based on your individual setting, risk assessment and training needs analysis. The modules must be completed in order.

Primary strategies including preventative, proactive and responsive strategies to manage behaviour of concern and aggression (Positive behavioural support and de-escalation). ‘Behaviour that challenges’ comes in many forms and varies dependent on situation and environment and the personal feelings of the individuals involved. This course will enable participants to explore the issues that lead to challenging behaviour and is tailored to your environment and needs. Learners will learn how to respond rather than react to behaviour that challenges and aggression through techniques including:

Behavioural analysis
Behavioural planning
Reinforcing and rewarding behaviour that is incompatible with challenging behaviour.
Appropriate extinguishing
Clear communication
De‐escalation techniques
Person-centred problem solving to create win‐win outcomes
What to do when faced with danger.

In certain environments and situations, staff should be able to recognise and manage the risks of imminent violence or aggression. This may be necessary when every possibility of managing a situation through either pro-active or non-physical responses have not worked and responsive interventions to manage big emotions, de-escalation and personal safety strategies 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 risk of physical aggression. The Personal Safety & Breakaway Module of the Able Target System gives staff an understanding of any use of force within their setting. Secondary proactive and responsive strategies and Tertiary Interventions, to manage big emotions including personal safety and breakaway training.

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 Positive Handling & Restraint 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 (Positive Handling, Guiding/Shepherding, Restraint, Clinical Holding). The positive handling module of the Target System allows staff to practice and train in the basic safe holding techniques. 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.

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. Advanced safe holding training to manage high risk situations. The safe holding module of the Target System allows staff to practice and train in the advanced safe holding techniques including floor holds, safety pod holds, seclusion and rapid tranquilisation. 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.

Who is this course accredited by?

Able deliver training that is in line with the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards 2019 and we are currently within the application process for BILD ACT accreditation to be certified by UKAS as complying with the Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) standards.

All of our physical intervention skills have been independently medically risk assessed by a physiotherapist, an experienced clinical lead and a person with lived experience and are approved and recognised by the Institute Of Conflict Management (ICM). Physical skills will only be taught based on your organisations training needs analysis and risk assessment which we can support you through to get the right course for you.

If you require your staff to be trained in restrictive physical skills (restraint) then to meet standards strongly encouraged by the CQC and outlined by the Restraint Reduction Network Training standards 2019 if an organisation requires restrictive physical skills to be taught. There are minimum requirements to be completed before restrictive physical skills can be taught.

Although OFSTED are not actively requiring training to meet these standards we would still encourage settings to work towards them as a demonstration of good practice.

Able Training are an approved centre with the Institute of conflict management, and members of the restraint reduction network. Our courses are in line with NICE Guidelines 2015 Violence and aggression: short-term management in mental health, health and community settings. Department of health guidelines 2014 Positive and Proactive Care: reducing the need for restrictive interventions.

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