Foster Carers Restraint Awareness Training

Guidance about Interventions for Children who present with Distressed or Dangerous behaviour in the home environment.

Foster Carers Restraint Interventions Workshop

Our course for your Foster Carers can be tailored to your specific needs (or the needs of a specific child/family), however we will always cover the key concepts from the Fostering Services Regulations related to the Children Act 1989 so that your staff will be able to make the best possible decisions about the management of concflict and the use of (last-resort) physical interventions where they become necessary.

  • Communication:  Verbalisation skills for non-escalation of situations
  • De-escalation in high-risk restraint/non-restraint situations
  • Duty of Care:  Discussing how to balance safety for the child, for the parents and the other children at home.
  • Government Guidance:  What is expected by the national authorities who advise on best practice for restraint
  • Risk Awareness:  What are the risks of a restraint intervention and how to reduce or avoid them
  • Restraint Rules:  Understanding the WHY, WHEN and HOW of Reasonable Force for Restraint Interventions
  • Restraint Tactics:   Options for last-resort parents restraint when the need for physical hands-on is unavoidable

Our course teaches your carers to:

  1. Explain the Paramount Principle of children’s welfare and best interests
  2. Understand the importance of the Provision of Information about the child
  3. Explain Health and Safety Duty of Care issues in the care of children
  4. Describe the importance of Avoidance, Dialogue and De-Fusing to the care of children
  5. Define the 5 principles of using constructive dialogue to defuse situations
  6. Identify “exceptional circumstances” in terms of incidents where someone might be harmed
  7. Appraise how emotional responses to situations of high stress can effect behaviour
  8. Explain excessive or unreasonable measures of control, restraint and discipline
  9. Illustrate how withdrawing from a situation is sometimes the best (safest) initial response
  10. Understand the principles of Reasonable Force


The course was useful and I feel more competent to manage aggressive situations as a result, I also feel more secure within my ‘rights’ to look after myself and the other children.”

Foster Carer – Peterborough City Council Fostering Services – August 2016


Why we developed Foster Carer Restraint Awareness Training

For years carers of children with emotional and behavioural difficulties have asked us for help with certain situations at home.   Sometimes their children become frustrated, angry and upset and can present with challenging physical behaviours.

Often, the local authorities and health boards are unhelpful in giving advice to parents for these situations, and so we have over the years developed a workshop-format course where a group of parents can discuss common issues and have advice from an expert conflict management and physical restraint trainer about approaches to take in certain situations.

When: usually a half-day or 1 full day based on your identified needs and scheduled for your convenience.  We do not run OPEN courses.

Who:  Groups of up to 12 parents are led by each Dynamis trainer (larger groups by request) Unfortunately we do not run OPEN courses.

Where:  Training is held at your choice of venue (usually a classroom or local hall)  Unfortunately we do not run OPEN courses.

How:  Our trainers deliver this course using a mix of lecture/presentation, Q&A, physical practice and scenario rehearsal.

Why:  Matched to your needs     Led by Professional Trainers     Legally Audited     Fully Risk-Assessed     Values Dignity and Respect     Safeguards Children’s rights     Offers Parents Practical Options     Compliant with Government Regulations     Value for Your Investment

Recommended Courses Like Foster Carers Restraint Awareness: Please take a look at our Conflict Management or Personal Safety training, or both depending on your risk level.

“It was an excellent day trainer was really knowledgeable in giving me tools to control my child,I only did the course yesterday and already used a couple of these actions last night.  The trainer was also very helpful in giving us legal advice which I wasn’t expecting”

–> Parent of Boy with Complex Needs, Workshop March 2017 in Knowsley

“I’ve had team teach training for work… and this was by far better than anything else …. I will be recommending this to anyone I know in a similar position to my family!! I attended this as a parent and it was totally worth it! I feel more parents should have this training.

–> Parent of Young Woman with Complex Needs, Workshop March 2017 in Liverpool

This has made me think about how I could de-escalate my young person before he starts.  Phrases and concepts I could try.  It gave me confidence in handling potential situations differently.  This is a valuable course which should be part of the core training”

 – Foster Carer – Peterborough City Foster Care Services, Aug 2016


“we concentrated on one to one handling, which was really relevant to what we need at the moment. Well explained and shown several times for people like me who don’t pick up thing very quickly.”

Carer for Young Man with Complex Needs – Home Care Support – June 2016


“We have used Dynamis 3 times and each time he adapted it to the challenges we are experiencing now. I was impressed with the containment strategies for one person, this helped me personally. Overall I felt I leant a lot and feel more sure for future incidents.”

Parent of Young Man with Complex Needs – Home Care Support – June 2016

I learnt a lot on this training course and would highly recommend it.  Exceeded expectations, excellent knowledge from the trainer and appropriate to the real scenarios I face in my work”

Foster Carer – London Borough of Barking and Dagenham – September 2016

Our Course Feedback statistics for Jan-December 2016

Were your expectations about the course met?

Exceeded 52.28%

Fulfilled 47.45%

Did the trainer observe good Health and Safety practices?

Yes (Y) 98.93%

Were exercises on your training course conducted safely?

Yes (Y) 368 98.66%

How did you rate the Dynamis instructor’s knowledge and competence?

Excellent 75.87%

Very Good 21.98%

Good 2.68%

Were all your questions answered comprehensively by your trainer?

Yes (Y) 98.39%

Was the training delivered using a mix of delivery styles which enabled you to learn effectively?

Yes (Y) 99.46%

Was the course of the right duration for you to gain the skills and knowledge you needed?

Slightly too long 10.99%

Just the right duration 72.12%

Slightly too short 13.40%

Were the techniques and tactics you learned appropriate to the real scenarios you will – or might forseeably – face in your work?

Yes (Y) 95.98%

Were the theory and knowledge components of the course helpful for you professionally?

Yes (Y) 98.93%

In addition to this Foster Carer Restraint Awareness course, we have delivered tailored Restraint Training Course programmes for a wide variety of clients such as those listed here, where you can read about how we worked successfully to deliver their objectives for the training:

Well worth it!

“I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for opening up those places on the restraint awareness course to parents.  This evening is not the first time I have used a technique from the day to prevent Sophia getting hurt, without upsetting or hurting William either. Well worth it!”  — Heather, Parent of teenage boy with autism in Surrey, May 2016.


“The [school-based] training was excellent whilst working in our everyday setting. The only suggestions I could make would be to possibly deliver a course to parents of profound young adults who like myself deal with challenging behaviour and fragmentation in our daily lives and have to cope with this challenging and physical abuse daily.  I have to live with this behaviour daily from our profoundly autistic daughter, often on my own”

I feel more secure

The course was useful and I feel more competent to manage aggressive situations as a result, I also feel more secure within my ‘rights’ to look after myself and the other children.”  — Foster Carer – Peterborough City Council Fostering Services – August 2016

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