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Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Passive Intervention and Prevention Strategies (PIPS)

The aim of Passive Intervention and Prevention (PIPS) training is to:

  • enable schools and other settings to develop a consistent, acceptable team approach to managing behaviour in a manner that maintains positive relationships and continues to care for pupils/clients at times of crisis
  • provide a process of repair and reflection for staff and children
  • increase staff awareness concerning the importance of recording and reporting, monitoring and evaluating, all incidents involving positive handling

Expected outcomes:

  • experience and practice the skills of guiding, safe touch and holding
  • explore how these acts of care combine with calming, diffusing and problem solving strategies
  • experience passive intervention strategies designed to follow rather than force movement
  • identify key elements for developing a consistent team approach to managing challenge
  • increase awareness of the importance of recording and reporting, monitoring and evaluating
  • develop an increased sense of confidence at times of crisis

The decision to intervene physically or not will always be a professional judgement based on ongoing risk assessment. The skills are designed to reduce risk to both staff and pupils should it be decided that everything else having failed, a physical intervention is the safest option.

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