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Able Target System

The Able Target System is a modular system for managing behaviour of concern, behaviour that challenges, distress, crisis, aggression and violence. It is adapted to various environments in the health and social care and education settings.
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Module 1: Positive Behavioural Support & De-escalation

For low risk settings. Module 1 covers Positive Behavioural Support & De-escalation training for those that experience behaviour of concern but there is little or physical risk to staff or service users. It is also suitable for those who want to better support individuals to prevent behaviours from escalating.

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Module 2: Personal Safety & Breakaway

For low to medium risk settings Module 2 provides personal safety strategies, non-restrictive physical skills including responsive interventions to manage big emotions and breakaway training for those who experience hazardous behaviour that poses a physical risk to staff or service user. Staff need training in personal safety, breakaway or separation techniques but should not be required to use manual restraint. (this is the maximum level for lone workers)

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Module 3: Positive Handling & Restraint

For medium risk settings Module 3 provides training in restrictive and non-restrictive physical intervention skills including; positive handling, guiding/shepherding techniques, restraint or clinical holding. For those experience hazardous behaviours that poses physical risk to staff or service users, where non-restrictive breakaway skills may not always be adequate to manage the risk and restrictive physical skills or manual restraint may be required.

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Module 4: Advanced Safe Holding

For medium to high risk settings, Module 4 provides advanced physical skills training to manage high risk situations where the level of risk poses a significant physical risk to staff or service users, and restrictive physical skills or manual restraint are required regularly. The level of risk posed may require the need for higher level techniques including floor or safety pod holds, seclusion, or rapid tranquillisation.

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Mechanical Restraint – Soft Mitts training

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.


Our training in the subject of managing difficult behaviours and aggression all follow the Able 6-Stage Target System which is based on the principles of positive behavioural support, conflict management, de-escalation, pro-active and responsive strategies and staged physical response methods. It is a person-centred approach suitable for both adult and child environments and adapts to fits all forms of environments and behaviours. We are firm believers that physical intervention is a last resort, so all of our courses are guided by the  Able  6-Stage Target Model of managing behaviours. We aim to encourage best practice outcomes for dealing with behaviour that challenges in the workplace.

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