Course Overview

The CALM Escape Techniques Instructor Programme trains you to be able to deliver the CALM Escape Techniques Course within your organisation.  

Escape Techniques are included in the wider CALM curriculum to provide a means by which a member of staff can effectively disengage from a hold or grab by using minimum force whilst still being mindful about the welfare of the person they support. In many environments with habitual behaviours they can be a helpful adjunct to other strategies involving functional assessment, primary prevention, and de-escalation. They are often an important part of organisations strategies towards reducing restrictive interventions.  

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.


How it works

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.  

Are non-aversive and non-pain based
Are independently bio-mechanically evaluated
Follow a hierarchical approach to physical intervention designed to meet key legal principles

What you’ll learn

Right for you?

Who is This Course For?

  • Current CALM Physical Intervention Instructors 
  • Non-CALM Physical Intervention Instructors from organisations where the use of physical intervention is not required on the basis of risk assessment. Participants must first have completed the CALM Core Theory Course prior to attending. It is recommended that participants have undertaken some basic level escape techniques training prior to attending

What Others Say

” I came on the course expecting to learn how to teach physical intervention skills – I learned so much more!! My eyes have really been opened to this area of practice. It is clear that CALM have a real passion for ensuring that the use of physical interventions are reduced as much as possible. I feel I have gathered so many practical examples and strategies that these will provide a really useful roadmap for my service. I feel renewed and reinvigorated – to go back and try new things that I really believe will make a substantial difference “

Participant on CALM Physical Intervention Instructor Programme
” I didn’t realise that so little has been done to safeguard vulnerable people with regard to the use of restrictive interventions – the lack of mandatory guidance and enforcement of standards, the poor quality of research, the partisan views – all makes you think that what we have been carrying out is a massive experiment – with the vulnerable people we support as the guinea pigs. It’s clear that CALM are passionate about trying to change this, I will certainly be doing more too “

Participant on a CALM Physical Intervention Instructor Programme

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