• Level 3
  • 4 - 6 Hours Duration
  • 1 Year Certificate

Physical Intervention Training

This physical intervention training is aimed at members of staff who work in an environment with service users who have behaviours that challenge.

Gain the required skills

This physical intervention training is aimed at members of staff who work in an environment with service users who have behaviours that challenge.

The course allows for safe and legal management of physically challenging behaviour.

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Course Summary

  • Introduction to physical intervention.
  • Identifying challenging behaviour and knowing when to intervene.
  • Physical intervention techniques, including breaking away and holding.
  • Risks involved in physical intervention.
  • The Assault Cycle.
  • Laws and legislation.
  • Triggers of challenging behaviour.
  • Causes and diffusion of anger and aggression.
  • Unacceptable practice.
  • Duty of care.
  • Threatening behaviour and physical assault.
  • Dementia and how to intervene physically.

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    Where Do You Deliver The Physical Intervention Training?

    We can deliver this training at your premises, as long as it's within the UK. Also, we have our own venues in the Midlands if you don't have access to a training room

    Who Is This Training For?

    This training is for anyone working within the health and social care sector.

    How Many Delegates Can I Have On One Session?

    We will deliver this training for a group of up to 10 delegates. Similarly, for larger groups we can either provide multiple trainers on the same day or run multiple days to get everyone trained.

    Who Will Conduct The Training?

    One of our expert clinical tutors, these are either Nurses or Doctors with an abundance of clinical and complex care experience and knowledge – so you’ll be in great hands! Furthermore, we will let you know who is doing the training in advance, you can check out their skills and experience by finding them on ourΒ meet the teamΒ page.

Physical Intervention Training

Physical intervention courses teach workers in different workplaces how to safely handle people who may become aggressive or violent when attempts to calm them down haven’t worked. These course stresses the need to prevent harm to both the person and staff while keeping everyone safe.

In general, physical intervention training aims to lower injuries, suggest other options, explain when it’s okay to use physical intervention, and help staff feel confident about stepping in safely when necessary. It’s a vital part of staff training in mental healthcare facilities, schools, hospitals, and other places.


  • Course Duration: 4- 6 hours
  • Course Level: Level 3
  • Certificate: 1-year certificate
  • Max Delegates: 12
  • Practical: Yes
  • Course Mode: Face to Face

You may want to look through all our courses on managing aggressive behaviourΒ especially within workplace.

Who Should Attend?

Physical intervention training is especially important for professionals in:

  1. Healthcare places: Nurses, doctors, mental health workers, and others caring for patients who might act aggressively.
  2. Schools: Teachers, support staff, and administrators dealing with students facing outbursts or emotional troubles.
  3. Social services: Social workers and other pros dealing with people in risky situations.
  4. Correctional and security setups: Police officers, security staff, and correctional workers handling individuals needing restraint.


Physical Intervention Course Breakdown:

The courses include these topics:

  1. Understanding aggressive behavior: Learning about why people become aggressive, the different types, and signs to watch out for.
  2. De-escalation techniques: Getting good at talking and using methods that don’t involve touching to calm people down and stop situations from getting worse.
  3. Legal and ethical considerations: Knowing the rules and being aware of what’s right and wrong when it comes to using physical intervention.
  4. Physical restraint techniques: Finding out how to safely hold and control people without hurting them too much, like using certain grips or moves.
  5. Communication and teamwork: Getting better at talking and working together with others to handle tough situations as a team.
  6. Post-incident procedures: Knowing what to do and what to say after a situation where physical intervention was needed, like reporting it properly and talking about what happened.


Course Aims:

By the end of a physical intervention course, participants should be able to:

  • Notice signs showing potential escalation and aggression.
  • Use calming methods to ease tensions and prevent situations from getting worse.
  • Understand and follow legal and moral rules about physical intervention.
  • Use physical restraint methods carefully and effectively as a last resort, lowering the risk of harm.
  • Work together with colleagues for a united and safe response.

Benefits of Physical Intervention Training:

Going through a physical intervention course has lots of advantages, such as:

  • Better safety: It teaches workers in different roles how to handle risky situations well, making sure nobody gets hurt – not the staff, not the people involved, and not anyone nearby.
  • More confidence: Workers learn how to deal with tough situations better, so they feel more ready and sure of themselves.
  • Focus on calming things down: It emphasises using techniques to calm things down first, making the situation less tense and more friendly.
  • Following the rules: It makes sure everyone knows and sticks to the legal and ethical rules about using physical intervention in different places.

Physical Intervention Training: Key Concepts Explained

1. Introduction to Physical Intervention:

This part gives you a quick look at the course, what it wants to do, and why physical intervention is important when behaviour gets tough. It’s all about keeping everyone safe and making sure no one gets hurt.

2. Identifying Challenging Behaviour and Knowing When to Intervene:

Here, we learn how to spot signs that things might get out of control and when it’s time to step in. We figure out when someone needs help and when it’s too soon to use physical force.

3. Physical Intervention Techniques, including Breaking Away and Holding:

This bit teaches us safe and smart ways to control someone if things get dangerous. We’ll learn how to get away from someone’s grip and how to hold them safely until help comes.

4. Risks Involved in Physical Intervention:

We talk about the dangers of getting hurt during a physical intervention, like someone getting injured, things getting worse because of force, or people feeling bad after.

5. The Assault Cycle:

We look at how a situation can get worse and worse, leading to violence. Understanding this helps us stop things before they get really bad.

6. Laws and Legislation:

This part tells us about the rules for when and how to use physical force. It’s important to know what you are allowed to do under the UK laws and what’s against the law.

7. Triggers of Challenging Behaviour:

We talk about things that might make someone act tough, like too much noise or pain. Knowing this helps us stop trouble before it starts.

8. Causes and Diffusion of Anger and Aggression:

We learn why people get mad or act tough, like feeling frustrated or scared. We’ll also learn how to calm them down and stop things from getting worse.

9. Unacceptable Practice:

This part tells us what we’re not allowed to do when we’re helping out, like using too much force or doing things we haven’t been trained for.

10. Duty of Care:

Here, we talk about how important it is to look after people and keep them safe, even when things get tough.

11. Threatening Behaviour and Physical Assault:

We learn about the difference between someone being mean with words and someone actually trying to hurt someone else. Knowing this helps us know when to step in and help.

12. Dementia and how to intervene physically:

We talk about dealing with tough behaviour in people with dementia. We’ll learn how to calm things down and keep everyone safe while still being respectful.

How long are physical intervention courses?

At Caring for Care, our Physical Intervention Training program is crafted to equip participants with crucial skills for handling difficult situations.

This level 3 program usually spans 4-6 hours and incorporates hands-on sessions for practical learning and technique application.


Certification and Refresher Training Requirements

After finishing the Physical Intervention Training and passing, you’ll get a certificate that lasts for one year. This shows you’ve learned the skills and knowledge. To keep the certificate valid, you need to go to a yearly refresher training.

The refresher training helps you learn new things and stay updated on how to do physical intervention. This makes sure you’re still good at it and keeps everyone safe.

You may also want to compare different training other there on managing violent behaviour.


Our Physical Intervention Training Locations

At our training places in Stoke-on-Trent, London, York, Swindon, Warrington, Epsom, and across the UK, we offer thorough physical intervention training tailored to suit your staff and workplace.

Our experienced trainers carefully check your surroundings, the people you care for, and your staff’s roles and challenges. This helps us tweak our training to give practical advice relevant to handling tough situations at your workplace.

Whether your staff are in healthcare, education, social services, or another field, our training is designed to fit your organisation’s unique behaviours, incidents, policies, and duties of care. Your staff will learn how to step in safely and effectively when someone is at risk.

Our training also focuses on stopping problems, calming situations, and respecting dignity. Physical holding back is always the last option.

By working closely with you to get your workplace, we can provide targeted training that helps your staff handle difficult behaviours while keeping everyone safe. Contact us today for more info or to arrange a chat at your place.


Questions and Answers

What is an assault?

An assault is any intentional act that causes another person to reasonably fear imminent harmful or offensive contact. It can be verbal, physical, or a combination of both, with the intent to cause harm or fear.

5 stages of assault cycle

  1. Trigger Phase: Something happens that makes the person feel angry, stressed, or threatened.
  2. Escalation Phase: The person gets even more upset and might start arguing, making threats, or getting physical.
  3. Crisis Phase: They lose control and do something violent, like hitting or pushing someone. This is the most dangerous part.
  4. Recovery Phase: After the violence, they start to calm down but might feel sorry or tired. Still, they could get violent again.
  5. Post-Crisis Depression Phase: They might feel bad about what they did, like guilty or sad.

Important Things to Know:

  • Not everyone goes through all the stages. Some might go straight to being violent, while others might not feel bad afterward.
  • The cycle can happen again and again, getting worse each time.
  • Knowing the cycle helps stop violence. If you see the warning signs early, you can do things to calm things down and stop it from getting worse.

Is defusion and restraint training part of physical intervention training?

Defusion techniques specifically focus on de-escalation strategies. They help stop a situation from getting worse and keep everyone safe without having to use physical force. Here’s how they work:

  1. Active listening: This means really paying attention and showing that you understand how the person feels.
  2. Non-judgmental communication: It’s about talking to the person in a way that doesn’t make them feel bad or blamed.
  3. Validation: This is about saying that you get how they feel, even if you don’t agree with what they’re doing.
  4. Setting clear boundaries: It’s important to say what’s okay and what’s not, while still respecting the person’s feelings and space.

So, defusion training is like a smaller part of physical intervention training. While physical intervention training covers everything from assessing risks to calming down and restraining someone if needed, defusion training only deals with calming people down.

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