Positive Handling Schools Learn Effective Restraint with Children

Positive Handling Schools come to us when they are dealing with challenging behaviours to use our experience to help them to effectively and appropriately manage disruptive, risky or extreme situations using appropriate Positive Handling strategies.

Our Positive Handling training reduces injury risk, improves inspection compliance and safeguards staff, children and your school’s reputation.

We achieve this using a robust Positive Handling decision-making framework based on all the relevant legislation and recent national guidance for Positive Handling, coupled with a modern, pragmatic approach to the holding and containment of children whose behaviour might harm themselves or others.

We deliver a relevant Positive Handling training course for your team at your school or service, on dates ofyour convenience.

Choose from a standard one-day course on an INSET day or a blended/twilight short course which leverages our online training system. We also offer training for Special Schools who look after children with SEN/EBD by carrying out a detailed training needs analysis and course design.

One Full Day:   9.30am to 3.30pm on a day when you can release your team…

This option gives your staff the most practice time and question/answer time with the trainers.  Assimilation of the material and retention of the physical skills is optimal with this duration.  Schools will usually choose this option if they have a well-identified need for training in physical interventions with particular high-risk children. For dedicated SEN, Learning Disability or EBD settings we also have a 2-day option which is recommended for higher-risk care environments.


Half Day or Twilight Session:  AM, PM or After-School on ANY date convenient for your team…no need for an INSET day!

Sometimes a school with limited time, or with infrequent incidents at a low level of risk will need our concise half-day course.  We can use our online courseware, with individual logins, progress tracking and test scores based on video presentations and knowledge-checks to prepare your staff on the required knowledge and theory for positive handling, and then visit onsite with you on a convenient day to spend time developing the necessary physical skills to manage situations.   Half-Day and Twilight sessions can start at 0930 or 1230 or 1530 for example.  Flexible to yourschedule!   Find out more…

Use the contact details on this page to talk to our team and book your Positive Handling training course today!

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Gerard O’Dea is a conflict management, personal safety and physical interventions training consultant.  He is the training director for Dynamis, a specialist provider of personal safety and violence management programmes and the European Adviser for ‘Verbal Defense and Influence’, a global programme which addresses the spectrum of human conflict.   He is currently travelling the length and breadth of the UK teaching Positive Handling in Schools and Restraint with Children, helping headteachers and their staff to manage these challenging behaviours safely and effectively.

For more information go to www.positivehandling.co.uk

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