Soft Cuffs and Safer Handling Belt Training

The Safer Handling System (Belt) and Soft Cuffs are often used to safely transport a person in need of care, as doing it safely is paramount.  However, these Safer Handling and Restraint systems can also be used in other circumstances when as part of a planned control measure it is deemed necessary to restrict someone’s movement. 

The Soft Cuffs and Safer Handling Belt Training is designed to equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to use soft cuffs and handling belts when providing support and care safely and effectively for individuals who may require restraint or assistance due to various reasons. The course emphasizes the importance of maintaining dignity, minimizing risk, and promoting the well-being of both caregivers and individuals in care.


What are Soft Cuffs? 

Soft cuffs refer to specialised restraints that are designed to be more comfortable than traditional restraints. They are typically made of soft materials such as foam or fabric, which reduces the risk of skin abrasion or pressure ulcers. The restraint system doesn’t need to be applied so it is too constrictive, the level of restriction can be risk assessed to manage the risk posed but by causing less restrictive practice and stress for the individual. 

One key advantage of using soft cuffs over traditional restraints is their ability to minimise discomfort for patients while still ensuring their safety. Traditional restraints such as wrist straps may cause pain or restrict blood flow if applied too tightly. In contrast, soft cuffs distribute pressure more evenly across larger surface areas and allow greater freedom of movement within safe limits.


What are Safer Handling Belts?

Safer handling belts provide additional support for both patients and healthcare providers often required during movement or mobilisation activities. These belts are specifically designed with handles or loops that allow carers to have better control over the patient's movements while minimising strain on their bodies.

Safer handling belts offer several benefits beyond standard transfer aids such as gait belts. The handles incorporated into these belts give carers improved grip and control, enabling safer and more efficient patient handling. This can significantly reduce the risk of accidental falls or injuries during transfers. Furthermore, these belts provide psychological reassurance to patients who may feel more secure knowing that they have additional support during movement activities.

Additionally, these devices aid in maintaining proper body alignment, reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries for both patients and healthcare providers.


Using Soft Cuffs and Safer Handling Belts

These tools can be very effective, but only if used the right way. Our Soft Cuffs and Safer Handling Belt training course usually takes only one day and gives you all the knowledge and techniques required to use these tools effectively. 


Course Aim

This course aims to instruct participants in the underpinning legal knowledge and the working principles of how to use Soft Restraint equipment safely.


Course Content:

  • Identify the Component Parts of the Soft Restraint.
  • Identify the Risks Associated with the use of the Soft Restraint.
  • Understand the Health & Safety implications of the use of the Soft Restraint
  • Understand the Law in Relation to Soft Restraint as a Use of Force option.
  • Apply and Remove the Soft Restraint Safely and Effectively.


Course Objectives:

By the end of this training, participants should be able to:


  1. Understand the Principles of Restraint and Support:
    • Define the concepts of restraint and support within a care context.
    • Differentiate between situations that require restraint and those that require support using soft cuffs and handling belts.
  2. Familiarize with Soft Cuffs and Handling Belt Equipment:
    • Identify different types of soft cuffs and handling belts and their respective features.
    • Demonstrate the proper way to inspect, assemble, and adjust the equipment for safe and effective use.
  3. Prioritize Individual Dignity and Comfort:
    • Recognize the importance of treating individuals with respect and dignity while using restraint or support equipment.
    • Apply techniques to ensure the comfort and emotional well-being of the individual during the process.
  4. Learn Safe Application Techniques:
    • Understand the correct procedures for applying soft cuffs and handling belts, considering the individual's physical condition and needs.
    • Practice techniques for securing the equipment in a manner that minimizes discomfort and risk.
  5. Minimize Risk and Injury:
    • Identify potential risks and hazards associated with using soft cuffs and handling belts.
    • Implement strategies to minimize the risk of injury to both the caregiver and the individual in care.
  6. Communicate Effectively:
    • Develop communication skills to explain the use of soft cuffs and handling belts to the individual and their caregivers, fostering understanding and cooperation.
    • Demonstrate effective communication with colleagues during the application process.
  7. Monitor and Respond to Individual Needs:
    • Recognize signs of distress, discomfort, or medical issues while using restraint or support equipment.
    • Develop the ability to promptly respond to the individual's needs and make necessary adjustments.
  8. Address Challenging Situations:
    • Identify potential challenges and resistance that may arise during the application of soft cuffs and handling belts.
    • Apply de-escalation techniques and strategies to manage challenging behaviours safely.
  9. Understand Legal and Ethical Considerations:
    • Familiarize with relevant legal and ethical standards related to using restraint and support equipment.
    • Comprehend the importance of obtaining consent and documenting the use of soft cuffs and handling belts appropriately.
  10. Practice Self-Care and Well-being:
    • Highlight the significance of physical and emotional well-being for caregivers involved in restraint and support activities.
    • Provide strategies for maintaining self-care and managing potential stressors associated with the role.
  11. Apply Practical Skills through Simulations:
    • Engage in hands-on simulations and role-play exercises that simulate real-life scenarios involving soft cuffs and handling belts.
    • Apply learned techniques and principles to effectively manage various situations.

This training aims to empower participants with the skills to use soft cuffs and handling belts, ensuring the safety, dignity, and well-being of individuals responsibly and compassionately in care while adhering to ethical and legal considerations.

Completing the course allows you to obtain a certificate valid for 12 months and enables you to use soft restraints within your organisation (subject to legal safeguards).