Understanding Physical Restraint with Vulnerable People Course


All staff and management who are expected to use force or manage the use of force with vulnerable people.

The Main Aims of the Course

To provide specific training in people handling and physical restraint (physical intervention) for staff who work with elderly service users.

Course Duration

  • 2 Days

Course Objectives

Legislation and the Risks in the Use of Physical Restraint.

By the end of the course participants should be able to:-

  • Explain what ‘Reasonable Force’ means as found in Section 3(1) of The Criminal Law Act 1967 & Common Law.
  • Explain the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 with regard to physical restraint and its operational use.
  • Explain the requirements of the various pieces of legislation with regard to physical restraint of elderly people.
  • Explore the research on the factors that can increase the risk of death and serious injury with regard to physical restraint.
  • Explain and demonstrate how to apply safe working practices so as to reduce the risk of unnecessary injury and death.
  • Explain and demonstrate the correct physical skills required for appropriate and effective methods of holding,escorting and restraint, when using non-harmful methods of control.
  • Explain the principles of seated restraint and demonstrate how this is achieved through non-harmful methods of control, including immobilisation skills to prevent injury through kicking.
  • Demonstrate the principles of gradually relaxing restraint, including the correct de-escalation and gradual relaxation of restraint to allow the subject to regain self-control.
  • Explain the principles of applying restraint when working as part of a restraint team to minimise the risk to staff and the person being restrained.
  • Explore the difference between a non-harmful method of control and a least restrictive physical intervention. Demonstrate a least restrictive method of control when considering the risk posed matched by the harm prevented.