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A Positive Approach to Safe Touch in the Early Years

Through dialogue, reflection, active and scenario-based learning practitioners will be encouraged to reflect upon their own practice. They will develop the knowledge and skills to contribute to a collaborative culture of safe touch through shared policy and practice. The course will be delivered live time online through Zoom.

This 3-hour online course supports leaders, safeguarding leads and practitioners in the early years to:

Develop environments that encourage safe touch.

Work confidently and safely with young children.

Give young children a voice in their own safety.

Build positive relationships that are essential for children to thrive.

Develop a safe touch policy that incorporates best international practice and is contextually appropriate.

Respond to inappropriate or unwanted touch.

What will participants explore?

The importance of attachment in the development of young children

The cultural context of safe touch

Different types of appropriate and inappropriate touch

The categories of touch

How to use age-appropriate touch

Developing the voices of children and adults

Environments that encourage safe touch

Responding to inappropriate touch

Developing a collective responsibility to safe touch through policies and procedures

Who should attend?

Early Years Leaders, Teachers, Assistants, and those with specific safeguarding responsibility.

Who will lead the session?

Kate Beith is an ICPA associate and experienced trainer who together with Tim Gerrish regularly co delivers advanced safeguarding training and supports international schools in safeguarding development. Kate is a recognised and experienced early years expert in the international field of safeguarding.

Course cost: £195

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17th May 2021

Restraint Avoidance Training

07:00 – 10:00 hrs (BST)

14:00 – 17:00 hrs (SGT)



31st May 2021

Safe Touch Training

07:00 – 10:00 hrs (BST)

14:00 – 17:00 hrs (SGT)



14th September 2021

Safe Touch Training

07:00 – 10:00 hrs (BST)

14:00 – 17:00 hrs (SGT)

Restraint Avoidance Training

An exciting opportunity to attend our online live interactive training course that is designed to provide international educators with the knowledge and tools they need to avoid the use of restraint in schools. This course is designed for international schools and settings where local law may not be specific about the use of restraint in schools.

For those joining this online interactive course, in addition to a three-hour, real time training (with short breaks), delegates will also be provided with some additional resources to inform policy and risk assessment for you to adapt and use in your school. Places will be limited so please register soon.

As experts in the international field of Safeguarding we recognize the challenges of managing risks and the potential issues around using restraint in schools.

This course reflects international standards of best practice regarding safe restraint and provides additional evidence for any school accreditation.

The course will be delivered via Zoom by ICPA Associate Dan Furness  an experienced trainer who together with Tim Gerrish regularly delivers safeguarding training and supports international schools in safeguarding development.

What will the training cover?

Through facilitated group dialogue, guided walkthroughs, reflections, presentations, and interactive scenarios.

A brief introduction into Polyvagal Theory and it’s relation to restraint.

full explanation of the ERICPD approach to risk management.

How to use specific risk audits and assessments regarding student behaviour in school.

Various behaviour management techniques that can reduce the likelihood that restraint will be needed.

An explanation of the concept of reasonable force in relation to restraint.

The various situations you need to be mindful of that increase the risk in relation to restraint.

The restraint techniques that research has proven is unsafe and thus should be avoided.

How to develop policy in your school around safe restraint.

NOTE: This training does not cover specific safe restraint techniques as these need to be taught in person.

Who should attend?

Anyone who works in direct contact with children would be suitable to attend this training. However, positions which might be especially suited are those who have responsibility for Safeguarding in Schools, one to one workers, pastoral leaders, counsellors, teachers, teaching assistants and learning support teachers.

This training would also be ideal for those in positions of pastoral or safeguarding leadership who need to develop policy and practice around safe restraint in their school. Any teacher looking to improve their understanding of safe handling theory and what they can do to avoid harm and the use of restraint.

Course cost: £195

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