MVA (Management of Violence and aggression)
Course Description

In-House Certification



Following the principles of the current NICE guidelines 2015 our training is based on a person centred approach to conflict and difficult behaviour using the Able 6-Stage Target Model of proactive and responsive service delivery and emphasising the use of physical intervention and restraint as a last resort. The training meets NHS protect standards in conflict resolution and physical intervention.

This is a two or three day course that explores the six stages of managing aggression and challenging behaviour from understanding the causes of and reducing challenging behaviour, de-escalating aggressive behaviour, physical and non-physical defensive strategies, guiding techniques and control & restraint/safer-holding techniques.

MVA two day course

This course explores the causes of challenging behaviour within the required setting and pro-active strategies for reducing behaviours, de-escalation strategies for managing a situation once it has escalated, dynamic risk assessment principles to help staff recognise the appropriate course of action and then the law regarding physical intervention.

It then teaches staff physical techniques including disengagement, defence techniques, basic guiding and holding/restraint techniques for varying risk levels and situations.

MVA three day course

The content covered follows the same outline as the two day course but each day is focused on the separate course modules. Day 1 is managing challenging behaviour and de-escalation, day two explores the law relating to physical intervention and teaches staff disengagement and restraint techniques, and day three explores scenarios and situations and gives staff more time to practice and absorb the techniques taught.

The physical intervention techniques taught on the course have been independently medically risk assessed by the Institute of Conflict Management and incorporates techniques that are taught within the guidelines of:

  • NHS Protect
  • BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities)
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Health

and meet:

  • Standards of other commercially driven training systems that teach control & restraint and physical intervention techniques
  • Skills for Health
  • Skills for Care

Practical skills will be taught within the context of the dynamic risk assessment and the focus of the techniques taught will vary on the organisational needs (e.g primary school setting will be different to adult mental health).

Attendees will be able to:

List the possible causes of challenging behaviour.
Demonstrate de-escalation principles in the event of aggression.
Define the term ‘reasonable force’ and apply its principles.
Understand the law relating to Self Defence and Physical Intervention.
Perform a dynamic risk assessment.
Identify the importance of recording and debriefing.
Demonstrate effective defensive physical techniques including- wrist, hair, throat and clothing grabs, punches, kicks, third part.y assistance and escorting/guiding techniques.
Demonstrate effective 1 – 3 person restraint techniques in standing, walking and sitting positions (can include bed)
Practice and reflect the importance of ‘Letting Go’ safely.
Practice effective escalation and de-escalation of techniques.

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Benefits of using Able Training

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Onsite training can be held at a venue of your choice and times to suit you and each course can be tailored and adapted to meet the needs of your workplace.

Years Of Experience
Years of Experience

We have been training staff for many years now, which gives us a greater insight into what companies and staff require from their courses.

Varied Group Sizes
Varied Group Sizes

We offer courses for individuals and groups, and are able to adapt to suit the needs of your workplace or specific requirements.

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What people say about us

Great interaction with everyone, gave great tips and advice about physical intervention within the foster care role. Adapted the training…

Anne, Foster Carer
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We found the course to be very informative course and hugely enjoyable, mainly because of the trainer who presented the materials brilliantly and…

The course went so quickly as the trainer gave us food for thought about how we face challenging behaviour, how…

Excellent trainer - varied knowledge, answered q's in relevant and interesting way. Pace was great and repeated when he saw we needed. Psychology insights very interesting. Very approachable. - Mental health support worker
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Courses: Conflict Management, Physical Intervention

Trainer was brilliant making the course very easy to learn and very enjoyable. Thank you.

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