“All members of school staff have a legal power to use reasonable force” DfE 2013
According to the Department for Education reasonable force can be used to prevent pupils from hurting themselves or others, from damaging property, or from causing disorder.
Within a school, force is used for two main purposes – to control pupils or to restrain them.
At Midlands Training Company we spent many hours per week within school settings delivering training for everything from first aid, to nutrition and allergies to autism awareness so we understand the various situations teachers and staff have to deal with on occasion. With this in mind (and following feedback from our many school partners) we are working with some highly respected trainers in this field to design a brand new Positive Conflict Management Course.
There may be times, within your setting, that you find yourself having to deal with some element of conflict but are perhaps unsure of the best practice. There are many different ways of course to deal with conflict.
Safe methods such as de-escalation, conflict management, positive behavioural support, disengagement and restraint training, safe holding, therapeutic holding or positive manual handling are all good practice in these situations although you may not feel comfortable with all of those techniques.
Each technique would be suitable for the individual situation and the new course has been designed with this in mind. To be able to train individuals to not only have the understanding of different methods for different situations but also to give individuals the support and confidence to act safely and in the best interest of everyone involved in that particular situation.
We understand that sometimes difficult events do arise and that there are simple but effective practices that can simply and safely diffuse and resolve what could be a difficult situation.
The new one day course will cover:
- Safeguarding & child protection (body movement and touch)
- Crisis intervention
- Types of communication
- Fear and anxiety
- Risk assessment
- Decision making
- Appropriate intervention and De-escalation
- Post crisis debriefing
The purpose of the course is to empower staff to feel confident to make the right decisions safely and swiftly should they need to.
If you are unsure about the DFE’s guidelines, about the different techniques you could use or just about the course in general just contact us now on email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling 02476 714873