A lot of great work is being done under the ‘Positive & Proactive Care’ Initiative to reduce the need for physical interventions. Despite the application of Positive Behaviour Support principles however Physical Intervention may still be required. Given that managing physically challenging behaviour can be both difficult and dangerous you need to be certain that your staff are being given exactly the right tools for the job. So, how can you be sure you are getting a high quality training product?

Physical Intervention trainingA recent article in the Mail online was headlined; ‘The one self-defence move EVERY woman should know - and it takes less than one minute to learn’.  That’s a bold claim, and one is there for all to see; All 70 million visitors that the site has a month. So what makes it bold? Firstly it’s the suggestion that the technique will be effective, and secondly the fact that mastery can be seemingly be achieved in such short order. Anyone purchasing training surely has to sit up and take notice when the training provider claims that their system is the ultimate solution and staff will find it easy to learn.

In the past training providers have sought to influence the purchasing decision by laying claim to some master level of competence, stating that their trainers and tutors come from a police or prison service background, or they were black belts in some highly effective martial art. SecuriCare Director Phil hardy picks up on this point, “The main problem with complex techniques such as those discussed in the Mail article is that you need to practice the skills on a regular basis. Most Martial Artists train 3-5 times per week for 2 hours or more to maintain skill competency… In fact the individual demonstrating the technique in the article is actually a professional wrestler. For the typical support worker such a high level of training is quite simply unrealistic, and what’s more ‘self-defence’ techniques such as that being demonstrated here are not suitable for use in caring environments. What is required are simple, low key techniques that can be easily retained and replicated…” 

“At Securicare we have endeavoured to evolve our training product over the last 20 years. To make it the best it can be. To do this we have refined techniques in response to feedback from our clients. We’ve reduced the number of working parts in any one technique to an absolute minimum. These component parts typically involve the larger groups of muscles, as opposed to the smaller fine motor muscles. This means that under stressful conditions the techniques are easier to recall and replicate, and therefore use..”

“All of our techniques are also risk assessed by a physiotherapist to ensure that they are as safe as they can possibly be… We feel that any physical skills training programme that we put together to meet the needs of a client needs to have the safest and most effective techniques as an absolute minimum…”

In part 2 of this article we will look at how to navigate the pitfalls of buying in physical Intervention training and ensure that you get the best possible training provision.

SecuriCare offer a range of courses designed to ensure that nominated trainers can help staff to respond safely and effectively to any ‘Challenging Behaviour’ that may occur, including the application of ‘Physical Interventions techniques’. 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. You can also take a look at our person centred Behaviour Planning Service.

Contact us for more information and to discuss your needs: E: trainers@securicare.com or T: 01904 492442

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