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Full session plans and schemes of work are available on request. Courses can be tailored as assemblies, half or full day options, or as super learning day using one hour slots for each group. Our specialist instructors are employed, vetted and trained directly by ourselves and have been selected for their subject specific experience and qualifications.
“Along with expertise in performance a sense of confidence is instilled. The instructors are confident and professional, delivering the course in a safe, competent manner showing a good rapport with the classes” - M.Nelson, Lytham St Annes Technology College, Lytham
Recognising potentially violent situations, utilising verbal and non verbal communication providing participants with appropriate de-escalation tactics. Includes an insight into cultural awareness and diversity.
Whether dealing with parents, students, school visitors or staff, the resolution of potentially violent or aggressive situations is an essential tool for complying with Health and Safety Law and ensuring the protection and well-being of staff. Defend UK offer the NHS counter fraud and security management syllabus alongside our City and Guilds accredited course. Placing and emphasis on personal security, the course provides coping strategies to reduce levels of stress. This is achieved through increasing confidence in recognising and defusing situations and informing staff how to report incidents and what support is available.
Legal Briefing on the Use of Force with children
“School staff are enabled to use such force as is reasonable in the circumstances to prevent a pupil from doing, or continuing committing an offence, causing personal injury or damage to the property of any person (including the pupil himself); or prejudicing the maintenance of good order and discipline at the school or among any pupils receiving education at the school, whether during a teaching session or otherwise”
Section 93, Education and Inspections Act 2006
What is reasonable? Which methods are appropriate and ethical for use with children? Health and Safety law stipulates that it is the employer’s responsibility to provide information, instruction and training - does your organisation comply? By just picking up newspapers every day we can see accounts of teachers being accused of negligence and assault - would you know when and when not to intervene and if so would you be confident that the law is on your side ?
Physical Intervention / Positive Handling
Accredited by Edexcel and taught as a “last resort” methodology, this structured and legally audited course utilises safe and appropriate techniques for the legal application of force when dealing with necessary situations as specified in the children’s legal brief. Training is always preceded with a full training needs analysis and a review of policies and procedure. BTEC Level 2 accreditation in Care and Control and Breakaway and Disengagement is available on completion of the course.
Use of Force Training
Relevant for Inspectors, Governors, Panel members and Health and Safety professionals
Specialist providers of training and consultancy, Defend UK Professional Safety Education have for many years issued guidance to Local authorities, corporate agencies and NHS Trusts on the use of force with children. Due to increased demand and repeat enquiries we are now providing a separate course specifically aimed at Panel members, governors and Ofsted inspectors.
Often the decisions of panel members and the advice given by inspectors can drastically alter the way a hearing goes or, how procedure is perceived and implemented to policy.
Human Rights, case and criminal law all play a part in this and often “common sense” or personal opinion is left to decide the outcome.
When peoples careers, reputations, livelihoods and above all child welfare in our schools is at stake, these decisions are often an unlawful and unnecessary risk that new legislation has been passed to prevent. Following the Corporate Manslaughter Act 2008 and the new Health and safety offences Act 2009, audit trails will seek to prove that a professional is competent in the field are advising on should they offer advice on policies pertaining to the restraint of children, use of force or the removal of a child’s liberty.
Utilising our professional workforce of Expert witnesses, Legal consultants and accredited Edexcel providers of Physical intervention training for those dealing with children, we have structured a program that provides a framework for professionals to work to which aims to minimise risk to all.
Open courses and in house private consultancy is available for further details please contact our office directly.
Drug and Volatile Substance Misuse Awareness
This essential training session gives teachers and those involved with young people who may be at risk, an insight into prevention and recognition through the raising of awareness on this topic.
Often given a “just say no” attitude and only covering the harder and more common drugs, traditional Drug Awareness programs have been slammed recently for not educating people correctly on how to recognise the signs, paraphernalia and symptoms.
This new and regularly updated course includes an in depth look into legal highs such as mephedrone, the dangers of laughing gas, solvents and volatile substances and performance enhancing drugs and their role in sport. Research has been conducted with Police forces, probation services, A&E staff, the actual purveyors of these legal highs, drug and substance users and the families of those affected to paint a broader and more insightful picture into this sometimes taboo subject.
Staff attending these courses will feel empowered with the skills they develop, leaving them with the knowledge necessary to spot signs early enough to intervene appropriately.
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