Restraint Reduction for Care Homes

Restraint Reduction Programme for Both Adult and Children’s Care Homes

This Essential ‘ABC Safe System’ course is aimed at Care Homes and those that work in Mental Health

The aim of the ABC Charting system is to help you to achieve a Reduction in the need for Service User Restraint and Bed Watch Security.

We achieve this by providing your staff with the knowledge and skills in:-

  • Understanding Behaviour
  • Communication
  • De-escalation
  • Restrictive and Non-restrictive Physical Interventions
  • Restorative Practises

How can the ABC Safe System help you reduce behaviour that can results in harm to Residents and Staff?

  • Develop effective behaviour policies which will set out clear routines and high expectations of behaviour.
  • Help to promote a calm and orderly environment in the Care Home.
  • Reduce incidents by introducing proven alternative methodologies that are focused on re-engagement rather than physical intervention.
  • Educating staff in the principles of understanding the behaviours of residents with particular individual needs.

Learn the secret formula to understand Reasonable Force?

  • The use of reasonable force in schools can be a minefield for care staff. We make this simple by explaining the law and how it applies in your care home, with your staff and your Staff will learn simple techniques to maintain the safety of everyone in the care home community in the context of Last Resort.


The ABC Safe System Stage 1

Staff will learn about their psychological responses to challenging behaviour, the needs and wants of all residents, the reasons why behaviour can escalate and how to plan for and manage it, thus empowering staff to have high expectations for residents behaviour and conduct.


This course is recommended for…

All front-line staff that are managing challenging behaviour in care homes.

Course Overview

Completing workshops in the ABC Safe System and the stages of Incident.
Planning – Individual Behaviour plans – to help residents to re-regulate their behaviour.
ABC Charting – to share good practise, identify triggers and patterns of behaviour, provide consistency and support for each other.
Behaviour for restraint reduction targets – Differentiation in which will identify behavioural needs of each individual care home and a system which will show evidence of their progress towards achieving the high expectations of behaviour and conduct.

Course Benefits

Provide a safe environment for everyone, reduce restraints, reduce incidents and provide a positive environment through restorative practises.

Course Duration

3 hours learning

The ABC Safe System Stage 2

Using work related practical scenarios over a 3-hour period, your staff will learn how to use simple and practical methodologies to prevent reactionary actions to escalated behaviour and confidently manage work related conflict to a satisfactory resolution.

This course is recommended for…

All employees at all levels of your organisation. Managers will inevitably be faced with disgruntled staff within their line management, Front line nursing staff, Care industry staff and in education Teachers’ are often having to negotiating the needs and wants of families, patients, residents and pupils in situations that can present a very real risk of escalated behaviour which, in-order to manage, will require trained confident staff.

Course Overview

Using practical scenarios and group activities the course raises participants’ experience, awareness and understanding as to the subtle and more obvious causes of conflict. Through work-based simulations, staff will learn about proactive interventions to show how being proactive can reduce the risk of escalated behaviour. Simple yet very effective de-escalation techniques are interspersed into the practical sessions to give your staff skills to manage low level escalated behaviour and prevent further escalation. Communication is key to reducing the risk of escalated behaviour, so this course uses practical activities to give your staff experience of the positive and negative outcomes of the different communication methods.

Course Benefits

By the end of this Conflict Management Training course participants will be better able to:

  • Identify triggers to aggressive behaviour
  • Identify the key components present in escalated behaviour and the different stages of conflict escalation
  • Understand the impact of a behaviour cycle
  • Know when to use de-escalation to prevent aggressive behaviour
  • Understand the impact of effective communication in reducing the risk of escalated behaviour
  • Understand the benefits of proactive interventions to reduce the risk of aggressive behaviour and its positive impact on staff management of escalated behaviour
  • Understand the benefits of positively reviewing conflict events to implement strategies to reduce the risk of a further conflict

Course Duration


3 Hours Learning

The ABC Safe System Stage 3

Staff will learn about The Law and the use of reasonable force in care homes. This course is in two parts and includes a practical element where staff will learn safe holding and disengagement techniques and a theory workshop regarding the Law and the use of reasonable force in hospital.

This course is recommended for…

All front-line staff that are managing challenging behaviour in hospital.

Course Overview

The Human rights Act.

The Law and how that applies to staff in care homes.
Health and Safety at Work and Manual Handling regulations.

Practical: Safe holding and breakaway techniques for use in schools with all young people including vulnerable groups.

Course Benefits

Staff will be aware of their rights when dealing with challenging behaviour and will learn safe holding and defensive techniques which will keep everyone in the care home safe and in line with current legislation and guidance.

Course Duration

4 hours learning.


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