Level 3 – Positive Behaviour Support and Physical Interventions (Restrictive Physical Interventions/Restraint + Breakaway/Self-protection Skills)

3-day course including:

  • Understanding behaviours of concern (including violence and aggression)
  • Understanding the importance of Setting events, Triggers and Cues (early warning signs)
  • What does the research evidence tell us about why people might exhibit behaviours of concern?
  • Record keeping and the principles of behavioural assessment
  • The importance of a 'rights-based' approach
  • Safeguarding, Duty of Care and Duty of Candour
  • What is Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)?
  • Developing proactive (primary) strategies aimed at prevention - specifically covering Environment & Structure, Communication and Attitudes
  • The potential impact of inappropriate attitudes and cognitive biases
  • Developing a positive (therapeutic) relationship
  • De-escalation skills (secondary intervention)
  • Developing person-centred distraction/diversion strategies (secondary strategies)
  • Reactive (tertiary) strategies aimed at ensuring safety in response to behaviours of concern
  • Non-restrictive reactive (tertiary) strategies
  • The law and how it relates to responding to behaviours of concern
  • Specific national guidelines on responding to behaviours of concern
  • Gradients of control
  • Breakaway and self-protection skills
  • Developing restrictive (tertiary) strategies
  • The risks associated with restrictive physical interventions (restraint) including physical health, mental health and trauma
  • Monitoring health during a restricitve physical intervention (restraint)
  • Responding to emergencies
  • Post-incident support and debriefing
  • Restrictive physical intervention (restraint) skills


The course and its theoretical content are based on the latest research evidence and includes universally recognised models that assist in our understanding of human behaviour.


There is a strong emphasis on preventative (proactive) strategies throughout the course.


Under the RRN Training Standards, this course can accommodate up to a maximum of 12 participants with one trainer. The maximum permissible group size for Restrictive Physical Interventions/restraint training is 18. Any group larger than 12 must have a second trainer present for the third day of the course.


The physical skills include:

  • breakaways from grabs to the arms/wrists, clothing and hair
  • airway protection
  • a biting release
  • a basic guard and evasion technique
  • a standing/walking RPI/restraint
  • a seated RPI/restraint

The physical skills are simple to learn and highly effective when used in practice.


NB In some circumstances, it is possible to extend the range of physical skills to meet the needs of the commissioning service(s) and the people it supports.  Please contact us to discuss this further - we are confident we can find solutions to meet your training needs.

Price (ex VAT & expenses): £POA


If a second trainer is required on day 3 (for groups of between 13 and 18), there will be an additional charge.


Please speak to a member of our team for more information and to discuss pricing - we are able to offer some discounts for multiple bookings and long-term substantial contracts.



0115 970 4811


Our training in Positive Behaviour Support and Physical Interventions is RRN Approved and certified through the BILD ACT and UKAS schemes.


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