Positive Handling in Schools

Started on November 17, 2019

Positive handling is the term used in primary and special needs school for the physical restraint on pupil.  It refers to a graduated approach to manage extreme behaviour which employs the least intrusive form of physical intervention for a short period of time to manage student behaviour.  It is intended to prevent violence from happening and to ensure the safety of the student, other students and staff. To ensure the safety of everyone involved, when there is a necessity to restrain a pupil, positive handling training is critical and required by law.

It is a legal obligation of the school to provide recognised positive handling training for teachers and to support them in understanding and implementing a positive handling strategy that covers physical intervention, restraint, screening, searching and confiscation. Positive handling is a statutory and mandatory training under Section 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety Work Act 1974

This online positive handling training course starts by looking at some examples and statistics which highlight the seriousness and extent of aggressive pupil behaviour.  It goes on to explain how a teacher can identify the stages of aggression and provide some tips on how to de-escalate a pupil before they lash out.  It also looks at where the law stands on the subject and covers best practice in theory should the necessity for restraining a pupil arise.

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

Online assessment is carried out by a series of multiple choice questions. Candidates require 70% correct answers to secure a pass.  PDF certificate will be sent directly to your inbox.  Hard copy certificate on requrest.  Duration: 100 minutes (Note: This is based on the amount of video content shown and is rounded off.  It does not account in any way for loading time or thinking time on the questions).

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