Safe Holding and Escorting

Unfortunately, sometimes the only way to manage challenging behaviour is to use physical intervention skills. Our training courses are tailored to the organisational needs following thorough training needs analysis

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Safe Holding and Escorting

The PMVA (Prevention Management of Violence & Aggression) training is designed for individuals who come into contact with or are working with those that may display aggression, violence or challenging behaviour.

What is included in our training

Conflict Resolution components, Breakaway training and the following:

PBS Planning
Low Arousal Approaches
Hierarchical Approaches
Safely Engaging Holds
Changing Stages - Low & Medium
Physical Intervention
Specific Care Planning for Individuals
Policy Awareness
Team Deployment and Seclusion Techniques
Safely Monitoring
Strategy Planning and Review
Impact of Violence Reduction Systems

Sometimes the only way to manage challenging behaviour is to use physical intervention skills.  These must always be a last resort and should only be used when all other strategies have failed.  PAMOVA Cymru delivers training in the safe use and implementation of these physical skills.

In extremely rare circumstances an individual may require a higher level of physical intervention than would normally be expected.  In these cases we will work with an organisation to establish reduction strategies and prepare their employees to use advanced safe holding techniques.  These skills will always be needs specific and linked to individuals and should not be used as a standard method of managing challenging behaviour.

All techniques taught are fully risk assessed and are delivered in a safe and monitored environment by highly qualified tutors.  The techniques are designed to give individuals the capability to hold safely using the minimum amount of physical holding required to make a situation safe.

No technique relies on pain compliance to be effective and the curriculum is accredited by the General Services Association (GSA) and British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD).

Many different learning strategies are employed during the training, these range from group work to forum theatre role-play exercises, with the use of various training aides in our delivery i.e. PowerPoint presentations, flip charts, DVDs and case studies.  The use of diverse teaching strategies ensures that all participants feel engaged in the learning process.

All training equipment, aids and materials will be provided by PAMOVA Cymru for each training session.

What to expect from our training

Course Aims

  • To promote knowledge and best practice in line with current legislation and national guidance.
  • To increase participants knowledge and understanding of Positive Behaviour Support.
  • To provide the participants with an overview of national learning objectives for promoting safer therapeutic services.
  • Support, prevention strategies and non-physical interventions.
  • To develop self-awareness and de-escalation skills.
  • Raise awareness levels.
  • Make realistic risk assessments.
  • Team dynamics.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course participants will have knowledge of:

  • Primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies when managing violence.
  • Aspects of verbal and non-verbal de-escalation strategies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the 5 Stages of the Typical Assault Cycle.
  • An awareness of diversity issues which can help promote safer and therapeutic services.
  • Individual and organisational responsibilities in relation to the legal framework, including the use of reasonable force.
  • Identify proactive, non-physical interventions aimed at preventing and reducing challenging behaviour.
  • An understanding of the risk assessment process in promoting safer services.
  • An understanding of the need for post – incident review/support procedures.
  • Develop documentation that will become an individualised de-escalation plan.
  • To empower participants in recognising and helping deal with difficult situations in the work place.
  • Identify and demonstrate a limited range of physical techniques specific to the environment in which the participants work.
  • Pass physical skills assessments, demonstrating key skills, leadership and health monitoring.
  • Personal safety.

Theoretical Core Component

This will introduce participants to

  • Anger and aggression
  • Diffusion techniques
  • Law
  • Communication skills
  • Report writing
  • Decision making during an incident.

Practical Core Component

Simple and effective techniques

  • Low-Level Breakaways.
  • clothing grabs, strangles front and rear, hair pulls, punches and kicks.
  • Standing Holds.
  • Team Intervention.
  • Seated De-escalation.
  • Floor De-escalation.
  • Supine.
  • Leg Holds.
  • Prone.
  • Turning Prone – Supine – Prone.
  • Separating Service Users Fighting.
  • Doorways and Stair Work.
  • Seclusion.
  • Staff Changeover.

Questions and Answers

This course will contain an informal Q&A process to allow employees from the  organisation to examine principles of both theory and physical skills as applied in their work place.

In the interest of confidentiality there will be strict guidance and ground rules set out prior to the session. These will follow standard confidentiality processes as set out in national guidelines.


This course is aimed specifically for those who come into contact with or working with service users that have a history of aggression, violence or self-harm.

It will include techniques specific to managing challenging behaviour that must be risk assessed and written into organisational policy.

Seclusion techniques will only be taught if a PAMOVA Tutor has first visited the organisation to assess the environment, policy and review measures.

Email: [email protected] / Tel: 01792 324319

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