Safe handling of young people

Class Size

Minimum of six (6) and up to a maximum of twelve (12), in order to maintain a high quality of teaching and supervision.


Three (3) days, Full Time

Who is the course for?

The protective services, including prison and police officers, community support officers and other security personnel; Hospital / Healthcare / A&E and Ambulance staff, custody nurses, youth offending services, probation, staff who work with young offenders, staff working in detention centres, social workers, school / college teachers, local council staff, housing agencies and any other category of front line workers who are likely to be confronted with challenging, threatening and dangerous conflict situations as part of their job undertaking.

Entry requirement

A basic level of medical / physical fitness and a keen interest and commitment towards the disciplines of learning: Prior experience is not necessary. Applicants will be provided with a list of pre-course information prior to the start of the course, in order to advise them on course expectations and requirements.

Course content

This course is particularly designed for those who work with young people who might be vulnerable, distressed, disturbed, and non-compliant or exhibit other challenging or dangerous behaviours. The content comprises of a theoretical and practical component, which includes legislation, anatomy & physiology health & safety, personal protection, negotiation, mediation, communication, compassionate restraint, prevention of asphyxia, prevention of abuse and diversity responsiveness.


There will be a pass / fail outcome attached to this course. Participants will be assessed using a range of formative and summative systems. Unsuccessful participants will be offered three additional assessment opportunities on the particular course in order to achieve required competency. Finally, unsuccessful participants may chose to discuss future options with class tutor.


Successful participants will receive a certificate of competence based upon successful completion of required demonstrations in the classroom setting.


Ongoing update is essential in order to be informed of current legislations and also to improve personal, professional development and competencies within required competency and safety guidelines. Updates should be attended at least annually, in order to meet those requirements. Participants who fail to attend annual updates will be considered incompetent and unsafe to practice and may be required to retake an entire course in order that their competence can be authorised. Update programme will be conducted over a period of one (1) day.


Carl Ryan, RMN, Cert. Ed., BA (Hon), MPhil – Principal Tutor.


Available on request