As a company that specialise in care courses as well as Positive behaviour support and Challenging behaviour training SecuriCare are constantly discussing how to optimise freedom, choice and autonomy. It comes as a shock then to hear that  in the last year care homes in England asked local councils to approve 195,840 applications to deprive a resident of their liberty – most of them older people – under the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) legal framework. 

Deprivation of Liberty SafeguardsOf last year’s applications, councils approved 73%. However, applications are usually considered only after someone has been denied their freedom, which means that last year about 28,500 people were restrained, locked in or given medication before the move was deemed inappropriate.

Martina Kane, senior policy officer at the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “The safeguards granted by deprivation of liberty safeguards are an essential part of protecting the right to liberty of people with dementia. It is disgraceful that nearly 30,000 people were wrongfully deprived of their liberty, and in over a quarter of cases practitioners are still locking people in, sedating them, restraining them or otherwise treating them as second-class citizens…”

SecuriCare offer a range of training courses designed to ensure that staff are able to provide optimal support and understand the implications of meeting the needs of patients, service users and supported persons. Challenging behaviour or distress revealed through behaviour is often a sign of unmet needs and a precursor to some form of deprivation of liberty. By better assessing, supporting and caring such interventions can be minimised or even eliminated. This is a goal inline with the Dept. of Health Positive and Proactive Care initiative.

. We offer a unique blend of online and classroom based sessions. All of our induction courses are put together by a development team comprising PhD and Masters’ Graduate Nurses with a combined 50 years of practice in Health and Social Care.

Our suite of Care Certificate courses allow you to select a range that best meet your local needs. Each individual course content is fully mapped across to meet the underpinning knowledge requirements for the QCF Diplomas in Health and Social Care at Levels 2 and 3. Completion of all of the courses allows the candidate to meet the knowledge specifications of all of the mandatory units of these QCF Diplomas. Click to see our ‘Care Certificate’ Courses

So whether its Breakaway training or Physical intervention training, Positive behaviour support or Challenging behaviour training, or whether it’s Conflict management training or our range of care courses covering all your induction requirements including the Care certificate online, SecuriCare have a training solution.


Contact us for more information and to discuss your needs: E: or T: 01904 492442

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