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Physical Intervention Training (PI Training)


Physical Intervention Training (PI Training)

This programme provides learners with skills and knowledge to restrict and control the movement and freedom of an individual in order to protect themselves, the individual and others from injury or assault. The primary goal is to reduce the need for physical intervention - not just to ensure such interventions are safer.

What type of skills can this training include?

Holding and escorting skills build on the content of our Assault Avoidance and Disengagement programme, providing staff with restrictive guiding and holding techniques.
• Depending on the circumstances, holds can be applied to a person who is standing, seated or lying down. 
• Depending on the common service user behaviours staff face, we may also teach learners how other staff can be used in support roles and how to respond when a service user begins to go to the ground.
• Specialist skills are taught to those in high risk or unique roles. These can include searching, incident response, physical intervention in crowd situations and in a few environments where there are very violent individuals, the use of equipment can reduce the risks when physical intervention is needed and cannot be avoided.

Choose SASS for a safer approach to physical intervention

SASS’s primary goal is to help its clients to reduce the use of force because physical intervention carries risk for everyone involved and can result in tragedy. Our training focuses on how to prevent situations arising and escalating but recognises there are times in some environments when staff have to act to prevent imminent harm to themselves or others. Where such scenarios are foreseeable, SASS will give you greater peace of mind through:
• Helping you establish the level of training required and support with policy and guidance. • Targeting a reduction in use of force through building confidence in alternatives. • Reducing risks to service users and staff when intervention is legitimate and necessary. • Physical responses that are non-aggressive, professional, safer and highly effective.


Physical Intervention Training (PI Training)

The decision to use physical intervention skills should not be taken lightly and should always be regarded as a ‘last resort’ when other options have failed or are likely to fail and where it is not possible or appropriate to withdraw from the situation. Physical intervention training must be carefully designed and delivered around the specific risks staff face, the roles they perform, the service users they work with and the environment in which they work.

The SASS physical intervention model has a unique combination of features that provide you with:
• A flexible framework that responds to your agenda… not our convenience.
• A low arousal approach that does not antagonise those involved or bystanders.
Highly effective skills that do not rely on pain to gain compliance.
• Accredited, nationally recognised training that meets your sector's regulatory requirements.
• Individual and team methods that look professional and are proven operationally.
• A problem-solving approach that helps staff respond to local and individual needs.
• Comfort in knowing that the skills have been medically reviewed and risk assessed.
• Substantially fewer training injuries than traditional training models.
• On-going support from some of the most experienced expert witnesses on use of force.

SASS can deliver training on site for your staff or train and equip your trainers to deliver our training programmes themselves. We will help you minimise the need for physical intervention in your workplace and establish the level of training required by staff in different roles.

Please get in touch so we can discuss the best approach for your organisation.


Cost per individual €300
Group/course rate (10 participants): Group rates available upon request.


Max participants: 10


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