Positive Handling in Schools


Started on November 28, 2020

Positive Handling in Schools

Positive handling is the common term that defines the physically restraint of a primary and special needs school student. It refers to a graduated approach to manage extreme behaviour and employ the least intrusive form of physical intervention. Positive handling intervention takes place over short periods of time to manage the student’s behaviour.  The purpose is to prevent violence and to ensure a safe outcome for all students and staff. Where it is likely to be necessary to restrain a pupil, the provision of training in positive handling is a legal requirement.

Schools must help and support teachers to implement positive handling strategies as part of their legal responsibilities. Training must cover physical intervention, restraint, screening, searching and confiscation. Access the link to learn more about the provision of statutory training of Positive Handling under Section 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety Work Act 1974

This online positive handling training course takes a look at statistics which highlight the extent of aggressive pupil behaviour and gives examples.  It goes on to explain how a teacher can identify the stages of aggression.  The course offers the learner tips on ways to deescalate these problems before the student lashes out.  It also looks at where the law stands on the subject and discusses best practice if it becomes necessary to restrain a pupil.

Health and Safety Executive Guidelines on Positive Handling

Course ContentModule
The Course Structure1
A Serious Business2
The Aggression Curve3
The SCARF Model4
Government Advice and Guidance5
Making Decisions: Duty of Care6
The Law7
Physical Intervention and Restraint8
Screening, Searching and Confiscation9
Course Assessment

This online assessment for positive handling training is carried out over a series of multiple choice questions. Candidates must answer 70% of the questions correctly to pass each module. We advise you to complete each module and answer the question before moving on to the next module. This provides a better learning experience because you will need to have knowledge from earlier modules to understand some of the material in the later modules. For those who complete the course successfully, a PDF certificate of the award is sent directly to your inbox.  Hard copies of the award are available on request.  The course takes 100 minutes of training to complete. This is course content only and does not cover the time it takes to answer questions.

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