When providing care to individuals exhibiting behaviours that challenge, carers, teachers, and nurses are exposed to risk of injury, both physical and psychological. This risk is also faced massively by the individuals expressing these behaviours.
The use of restraint to mitigate risk and to defuse the situation is seen as a one-sided solution to this challenge in favour of the carer, especially in well-documented cases where poorly implemented restraint has led to deaths or lasting trauma.
It is essential that organisations and institutions invest in the education of their staff in best practice when it comes to crisis resolution and restraint, as well appropriate protection, to raise staff confidence. This could help ensure that restraining the individual is kept as a last resort.
We are not, and will never be, the experts in this complex topic. But we hope you can find those who are and get the best help, for yourself or your organisation. This article aims to signpost to resources that will support reduction in restraint while showing how BitePRO® protective clothing can help.
Not aware of the risk of injury faced by care staff, nurses, and teachers? Watch this video.
Who Can be More Prone to Exhibiting Challenging Behaviours?
People who may be more prone to exhibiting challenging behaviours tend to be affected by the following (this is in no way an exhaustive list):
- Mental developmental disorders or illnesses which result in emotional/sensory overwhelm or confusion.
- Pain from undiagnosed illnesses or injury (usually in the case of nonverbal individuals).
- Age, young children who have often had traumatic upbringings, with resultant arrested emotional development, or undiagnosed mental illnesses/learning disabilities.
Learn more about challenging behaviours with The Challenging Behaviours Foundation.
Challenging behaviours can be because of a multitude of emotional, environmental, and physical causes. It is essential that, regardless of the ability status of the person exhibiting them, that the time is taken to identify what other factors could be involved.
Prior to resolution, we believe carers need to have the appropriate protective clothing so they can be kept safe.
Training Courses in Best Practice for Resolving Challenging Behaviours
- Able Training - Their training is in the subject of managing difficult behaviours and aggression following the principles of positive behavioural support, conflict management, de-escalation, pro-active and responsive strategies and staged physical response methods. This training is based on your individual setting, staff requirements and risk assessment.
- NAPPI UK – Positive Behavioural Support training strategies supported by the principles of applied behaviour analysis, and lead to the identification of the function or purpose of behaviour, as well as the development of alternative methods of communicating.
These training providers specialise in prevention, nonphysical resolution, and appropriately applied restraint which is measured against risk assessments while focused on protecting the individual being restrained from physical and psychological harm.
To feel confident in crisis prevention and non-physical crisis resolution, it is important that the person in a position of care is provided with adequate protective clothing. BitePRO® clothing offers guaranteed protection from bites, pinching, and scratching.
Find out more about Positive Behaviour Support with the Challenging Behaviours Foundation.
Supporting a Compassionate Approach to Care
We believe that it is a moral duty to improve access to protective clothing to those in a position of care. This should be an essential part of supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of carers, nurses, teachers, and parents so that they can offer the highest standards of support.
BitePRO® clothing will allow you to care with confidence, reducing instances of restraint, and promoting a compassionate approach to care.