De-escalation techniques are inherently abnormal because they go against our natural ‘fight or flight’ reflexes. To be effective we must remain calm and centred. We need to be professionally detached. This can be a challenge when physical contact is involved.

This challenge is something we have to consider due to the changing nature of placements and it may sometimes be necessary to use breakaway techniques. This element of the course is optional depending on the needs of your delegates.

This course has been designed for carers who look after and support vulnerable young people. De-escalation is all about helping and improving a situation and these techniques are most successful when used early, before the young person deregulates. To do this, it is necessary to be aware of and spot the early signs.

The Breakaway Technique element of this course gives carers a baseline knowledge of how to disengage from holding and how to defend from punches and kicks.

The focus of this course is weighted approximately 80% de-escalation, with no more than 20% breakaway techniques.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understanding aggression
  2. Understand how feelings drive behaviour
  3. Identify general physiological signs of anger
  4. Identify the common triggers of anger
  5. Recognise the levels of anger in young people
  6. Learn appropriate interventions for each level of anger including actions to avoid being restrained or attacked
  7. Have ways to manage your own anger
  8. Have de-escalation and defusion techniques
  9. Safely disengage from being held
  10. Safely disconnect another person from being held
  11. Understand personal safety and how to self-protect
  12. Post incident actions – the importance of record keeping and de-briefing

Is this course for me?

This course is for Foster carers, Adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate. This course can also be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners, meeting the Training, Support and Development Standards as outlined in The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011.

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