Through our professional partnership with PMVA Association, Guardian Angels now ensures that its customers benefit from RRN Certified Training.
The benefit of this professional relationship means that this partnership can offer our customers a range of instructors with different professional backgrounds to meet the needs of our customers and the individuals they care for.
Instructor professional qualifications included Registered Adult Nurses, Registered Children's Nurses, Registered Mental Health Nurses as well as NHS Violence Reduction Specialists & Reducing Restrictive Practice Leads.
All our RRN training courses comply with the RRN Standards and are individually designed around your local needs analysis and range from 1 day introduction to managing behaviour that impacts on the individual’s quality of life (primary responses), all the way to 5 day advanced courses that include primary, secondary and tertiary responses such as conflict management, de-escalation, positive behaviour support, personal safety, breakaway and restraint / restrictive practices.
The RRN (Restraint Reduction Network) is a registered charity of network organisations dedicated to reducing the need of restrictive practices when caring for people with learning disabilities. They bring together committed organisations providing education, health, and social care services.
They provide certification so that PBS Facilitators and tutors are teaching evidenced based ethical techniques to their clients. The 2021 Use of Force Act requires that certain healthcare settings require that we as “training providers must be certified as complying with the RRN Training Standards.’
When caring for vulnerable people, restrictive practices are still alarmingly common. Instead of using PBS techniques or giving the individual space, they are often restrained or subdued in ways that harm their development and are unnecessary in modern ethical healthcare.
When an individual with learning difficulties becomes agitated or stressed, which can lead to aggression or other challenging behaviour, restraining them only makes the situation worse, and often leads to injury of both staff and the individual being restrained. Not forgetting, the consequential harm regarding the individuals cognitive and emotional health and development. Unethical restraint has led to multiple deaths of individuals, which is one final reason why it should never be used.
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and conflict management / de-escalation methods are proven to be effective for preventing and reducing individual behaviour that impacts on the individuals quality of life. Restraint is a last resort option, that needs to be legally justified, PBS and other non-physical methods can often reduce the risk without the need for physical interventions.
To find out more about these methods, we have a page all about PBS techniques and courses run by certified PBS Facilitators too.
The RRN Training Standards are a national and international benchmark for training in caring for people with learning difficulties. They are commissioned by the NHS and aim to improve the overall culture of care, not just presenting new techniques.
The Standards are person-centred and should be tailored around the individual. The PBS training courses develop an understanding of the individual’s needs before any guidance is offered to ensure that the PBS Facilitator’s support is the best it can be.
Guardian Angels’ training courses for PBS Facilitators, PBS Coaches, and staff working with individuals whose behaviour impacts their quality of life are all RRN-certified and approved by medical and legal professionals.
Our training courses focus on positive behaviour support and the evidenced based proven “non-touch” solutions to behaviour, however, we understand that there are times that staff are required to use physical skills to keep the individual or others safe, and so we offer a range of solutions to meet your specific individual needs.
Typical courses range from 1 to 5 days depending upon local needs and requirements.
Outline of courses*:
|Level||Duration||Environment and public health model||Brief course summary|
|Introduction||1 day course||Primary Interventions suitable for low risk environments||Verbal & non-verbal (non-touch) techniques|
|Foundation||2 day course||Primary and Secondary Interventions suitable for low to medium risk environments||Verbal & non-verbal (non-touch) techniques, disengaging from low to medium risk physical hold - wrist, clothes, hair etc.|
|Intermediate||3 or 4 day course||Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Interventions suitable Medium for high risk environments|
Verbal & non-verbal (non-touch) techniques, disengaging from low to medium risk physical hold - wrist, clothes, hair etc., disengaging from physical holds that are perceived to present a risk of significant harm
|Advanced||5 day course||Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Interventions suitable for high risk environments (often forensic or locked services)||Verbal & non-verbal (non-touch) techniques, disengaging from low to medium risk physical hold - wrist, clothes, hair etc., disengaging from physical holds that are perceived to present a risk of significant harm, teamwork interventions, escape and rescue interventions, seclusion and segregation, UK Safety Pod and Cushions|
|Specialist||Based on needs analysis||Service and need specific interventions, justified hierarchy of interventions|
Specialist courses include:
Clinical Intervention Holds
Handcuff and Softcuff
Trauma informed care
* Please remember that we work with our customers to conduct a full training needs analysis which will guide our recommendation and your commissioning of the appropriate courses and instructor.