Physical intervention is always a last resort. On our Challenging behaviour training courses and our Physical intervention training sessions we always stress this. We also focus extensively on safety. It is interesting to note that shortcomings in training have been identified in an independent investigation into a recent Police restraint.  The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report said Police officers should receive extra training after a man died while being restrained, an investigation has concluded.

Risks of restraintSean Wilkes, 21, died after a house party in Richmond Street, Folkestone, in 2013 when members of the public, and then four officers restrained him.

Police had been called to reports of concern for Mr Wilkes' behaviour at 10:50 BST on 6 July 2013. But he was pronounced dead at 00:43 the next day.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission investigated the death. It found no evidence officers behaved in a way that constituted misconduct, but listed three recommendations.

Kent Police has pledged to adhere to three recommendations from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report:

  • Refresher training on the role of a safety officer during a restraint
  • Refresher training on early identification of when someone should be treated as a medical emergency
  • Reviewing its policy and the training provided to officers on informing people when someone has died

Supt Andy Pritchard said: "We welcome the conclusion that no officer who came into contact with [Mr Wilkes] acted in an unreasonable or excessive manner.

"We hope the report into Mr Wilkes' death provides his family with the answers they were looking for and that the conclusion of the investigation will be of some comfort to them during this difficult time."

IPCC commissioner Mary Cunneen said: "The death of Mr Wilkes was tragic and my thoughts remain with all those affected."

SecuriCares Risk Manager Lee Hollins, “This case underscores what we already know, that restraint is a dangerous endeavour, and often the more people involved the more dangerous it becomes. When looking to manage risk you have to examine what techniques are used, and why. The fundamental question that those involved in risk management will always ask is: is restraint really necessary? The other significant risk factor is the individual being restrained. The Police in this instance will know little or nothing about the health status of an individual being restrained, hence the need to ensure that all those involved know how to recognise when risks are developing, and respond accordingly….”

“In care settings there will be more information available. Information that can be taken into account when support plans and safe holding plans are drawn up. These are risk management documents that help to ensure that when some form of physical intervention does take place, as a last resort, safety is factored into every facet of the process. Knowledge is power, and in the case of any restrictive practice it is used to put safety at the forefront of every staff decision and action..”

SecuriCare offer a range of courses designed to enable support workers, carers and foster families to best respond to any ‘Challenging Behaviour’ that may occur. All programmes are finalised after full training needs analysis and delivered by experienced frontline practitioners. Click to see our ‘Preventing & Managing Challenging Behaviour’ Course which includes ‘Positive Behaviour Management’ techniques designed to minimise the need for any kind of restrictive intervention. Check out our ‘Physical Intervention’ courses and our online ‘Restraint Risks’ course. You can also take a look at our person centred Safe Holding Planning Service.

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