Restraint Reduction

A proven system to prevent and reduce the need for restraint.

"By treating people with dignity and showing them respect in every interaction, an environment of support and care can be developed where even disagreements and physical risks can be dealt with in a productive and open way" - Gerard O'Dea

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Prevent & Reduce Incidents Of Restraint 

Successful restraint reduction strategies are built on values and culture. High-quality training can play a key role in reducing restraint, but short standalone courses have limited impact when entrenched workplace culture cancels out potential training benefits.

Cultural change must be led from within, with specialist external input focused on empowering employees to lead the change they want to see. A train-the-trainers programme, like the one featured here, can yield significant results within just a few months.

This programme focused on empowering staff to improve care, consistency, communication and confidence, with content that included de- escalation training, personal safety, breakaway skills and physical interventions.

Learning Outcomes:

Reducing the Need for Restraint

The Dynamis programme focuses on improving care, consistency, communication and confidence, through content including:

  • core values: Treating people with dignity by showing respect in every encounter
  • consistent high expectations of every staff member's practice of communication
  • pro-active behaviour mapping and care planning to reduce negative stimulation and boredom
  • non-escalation skills for preventing everyday encounters turning to conflict
  • de-escalation training to defuse encounters which escalate
  • crisis management strategies to deal with service users who are emotionally disturbed or in crisis
  • self-protection and breakaway skills to increase staff confidence and injury prevention
  • team-based holding interventions without pain or the indignity of floor holds, wherever and whenever possible.
  • introduction of safer options for the management of distress, including the Safety Pod equipment.
  • staff debriefing strategies, guaranteed opportunities for post-incident review and follow-up

Staff comments from our programme of Restraint Reduction training....

Our clients

Hospitals and Healthcare

Local Government

Childrens Services

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With over 15 years of experience working with clients, we are confident that we can gain an understanding of your issues, resources, timeframes and budget quickly and soon propose a training plan which fits your needs.

How to...

Restraint and 

Our Process


Book your free training needs assessment.

Every organisation is unique and so you need a unique training course. Our free training needs assessment begins with a 20-minute process where we identify the risks your staff face and the organisational goals you are aiming for.


We formulate a Bespoke Training Course.

Having begun the process to understood the needs of your organisation we will formulate a bespoke training strategy tailored to your conflict flashpoints, issues and incident profile.


Your Staff experience relevant and beneficial training.

We will conduct your bespoke training course (or trainer development) using the most modern and up-to-date training techniques which ensure authentic learning.


Meaningful Change for Staff and those you Care for

You will see the changes in restrictive practice, the way challenging behaviour is understood, managed, planned for and engaged with.

The power of evidence-based training

High Staff Engagement

Because of the immediate relevance your staff see in our course design and delivery, they are engaged, motivated and energised during and after the training.

Better Transfer to the Workplace

Because sessions are all driven by your own scenarios, issues and challenges with the people you meet in your work, it has immediate relevance and transfers directly to your day-to-day workplace.

 "Time Well Spent"

Your teams get many, many opportunities to learn and practice their new skills during 'countless reps' of the target skills, actively learning in every session. There are no boring powerpoints!

Measurable Change Happens

With highly targeted new skills, your teams can make measurable changes to their interactions and truly realise your organisation's safety ethos, focussing on dignity and respect, safety and wellbeing.

Gerard O'Dea  //  Director of Training at Dynamis

Hi and thanks for visiting our webpage today.

In over 15 years of working with frontline staff who face difficult, distressed and dangerous behaviour, I have seen time and again how prepared staff can perform well and respond to challenging circumstances.

From teachers to nurses, teaching and care assistants to security officers in our hospitals and social workers in the community, if you deal with people every day, managing conflict becomes a necessity.

I became involved in this work because I saw the power of training and preparation in helping people to stay safe at work and to be more successful in working with their colleagues to create better outcomes.

I and my team of professional trainers now teach in over 200 training engagements every year around the UK and internationally for a wide variety of public-facing organisations just like yours.

We have sought out the best conflict management training content and the best learning methods  in the world and bring them together for you and your team.

Gerard O'Dea

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Dynamis is a Quality Award Centre with the ICM, a recognised accrediting body in the U.K. for workplace training in the prevention and management of workplace violence.

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Dynamis is the premier European Partner for Vistelar, a global consulting organisation covering training across the entire spectrum of human conflict.

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