Day 1 of this course covers Challenging Behaviour for Foster Care - this day can be taken on a stand-alone basis.
Day 2 of this course covers Breakaway and Safeholding for Foster Carers and can only be booked in conjunction with Day 1.
Challenging Behaviour in Foster Care
Day 1 – 6 hours
Foster carers will often find themselves facing challenging behaviour beyond that which they are used to dealing with. This course provides them with the understanding and skills to manage challenging behaviour with the goal of meeting the foster child’s needs. It will enable participants to explore the issues that lead to challenging behaviour in foster children. They will learn:
- How to identify challenging behaviour.
- The causes of challenging behaviour.
- The different stressors that can contribute to challenging behaviour.
- How challenging behaviour can escalate.
Participants will learn how to respond rather than react to challenging behaviour through techniques including:
- Behavioural analysis.
- Behavioural planning.
- Reinforcing and rewarding behaviour that is incompatible with challenging behaviour.
- Appropriate use of praise and extinguishing behaviours.
The course includes the use of clear communication, de-escalation techniques and problem solving with the child to create win-win outcomes.
Breakaway and Safeholding for Foster Carers:
Day 2 – 6 hours
Delegates must have attended the Challenging Behaviour course to be allowed to attend this course.
Foster carers may find themselves facing behaviour that requires a defensive response or a physical intervention on their part. This course provides them with the understanding of when such a response is necessary and legal and how to apply that response in a way that respects the foster child’s rights and integrity.
The first part of the course gives participants a thorough overview of:
- How “reasonable force” is defined and when it is allowed.
- What the law says in relation to physical intervention and restraint.
- How their Duty of Care impacts on restraint or safeholding.
- What the Human Rights Act says about the use of restraint.
Participants will learn when physical intervention or restraint should and should not be used, how to assess and manage risks, and the necessity of reporting, recording and reflecting on any incident.
The second part of the course teaches practical physical techniques that will allow carers to confidently act in a situation which calls for physical intervention and restraint including:
- Defence techniques
- Basic guiding
- Holding/restraint techniques for varying risk levels
These techniques are currently being taught to various personnel working within the NHS, residential & nursing homes, schools, retail establishments, and other organisations.
The physical intervention techniques taught on the course have been independently medically risk assessed by the Institute Of Conflict Management and incorporates techniques that are taught within the guidelines of:
- NHS Protect
- BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities)
- Department of Education
- Department of Health
and meet the standards set by Skills for Health, Skills for Care and other commercially driven training systems including: Nappi, Maybo, Mapa, Team Teach and Control and Restraint.