Where supported by risk assessment CALM is also able to provide a range of small hold techniques. The techniques have been developed for use as a last resort and always with the child’s safety at heart.
Please note, CALM only teaches physical skills in specific contexts and situations subject to training needs analysis. Risk assessments and behavioural audits must be engaged in to ascertain not only whether there is a legitimate need for physical skills training but also importantly WHICH techniques should be taught. To assist with skill acquisition, retention and ultimately safety, techniques must be limited and must be chosen to meet current operational risks only. Only staff exposed to risks directly, and/or those with the responsibility to intervene, should receive training in physical skills, as should their managers. ALL staff MUST have undertaken the CALM Core Theory course PRIOR to undertaking CALM Physical skills training.
At CALM, we believe that the safest intervention is the one you never have to apply.
We believe: there is always a reason for the distress which presents as challenging behaviour; that skilled support and planning is the key to humanely working with such distress; and that restrictive physical interventions should only ever be used as a last resort.
CALM’s approach is always to reduce the use of restrictive techniques, placing emphasis on primary prevention and strategic approaches to restraint reduction.
All CALM techniques:
Child developmental theory
De-escalation principles for smaller children
The appropriate and safe use of physical interventions specifically designed for small children
The relevant legal and best practice framework in relation to the use of physical intervention techniques